FMCSA Proposes Alternative Certified Medical Examiner Training Requirements for VA Doctors

Today, Dec. 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a proposed rule intended to ease the process by which physicians employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can become certified medical examiners and perform driver physicals. Currently, to be listed on FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, applicants must attend an accredited training program and pass a certification exam to demonstrate knowledge of FMCSA’s driver physical qualification standards. Under today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, VA-employed physicians would be required to become familiar with the standards, complete a Web-based training course hosted by FMCSA, and pass a comparable certification test provided by FMCSA. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through January 3, 2017.