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Comment now on medical certification discussion paper

Date of publication: 
21 December 2016

Australia’s aviation community is being called on to take part in a detailed discussion about the future of aviation medical certification requirements.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a comprehensive discussion paper setting out a range of medical certification issues and options.

This discussion paper forms the basis for any future consultation between CASA and the aviation community on potential changes to medical certification.

The discussion paper does not contain any proposals or draft regulations.

Six options that may be considered for future consultation are identified, although further options will be considered on the basis of responses to the discussion paper.

The options include:

  • continuing the existing medical certification requirements and arrangements
  • re-assessing risk tolerances which inform medical certification standards in the context of industry and community expectations
  • examining and streamlining medical certification practices including the approach to assessing incapacitation risk
  • aligning certification standards across the sport and recreational sectors by revising the recreational aviation medical practitioner’s certificate to make it both more accessible to pilots and more widely applicable
  • developing a new medical certificate for the sport and recreational sectors which considers overseas approaches with elements of self-certification
  • mitigating the risks of any changes by applying operational restrictions.

The discussion paper looks at a range of relevant issues such as CASA’s approach to aviation medicine, the approach to medical certification in four other nations, pilot incapacitation in Australia, accidents and risks, psychiatric conditions and the protection of third parties.

CASA’s acting Director of Aviation Safety and CEO, Shane Carmody, said aviation medicine is a complex area of decision making involving medical, regulatory and legal considerations.

“Due to these complexities CASA recognised a wide discussion with the aviation community is essential before any proposals for change should be considered,” Mr Carmody said.

“CASA looks forward to comprehensive responses to the discussion paper from people and organisations across the aviation community.”

Comments should be made before 30 March 2017.

Media contact:
Peter Gibson
0419 296 446