10.1 Aviation reference number (ARN) and identification

All applicants must already have an Aviation Reference Number (ARN). These may be applied for on the Applying for an aviation reference number page.

All staff who access the online medical record system, must have their own ARN and password. Important privacy obligations are detailed in Chapter 13 MRS Online—terms and conditions.

Correct identification of pilots and controllers is essential. In most cases MRS provides a photo for identification purposes. Practitioners may also wish to retain their own records of the applicant's drivers licence or other photo ID. Where possible specialist and pathology reports should include the applicant's ARN. Care should always be taken in attaching reports to individual's files. Mistaken identity is an important cause of procedural and medical error.

Updated: 11 April 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//search-centre/manuals-and-handbooks/designated-aviation-medical-examiners-handbook/101-aviation-reference-number-arn-and-identification
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