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Medical exam form grace period announced

Examiners have 120 days to transition to new form

Posted December 18, 2015

On Monday, December 21, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is expected to publish guidance allowing a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC).

Earlier this year, FMCSA published a final rule requiring the use of a new MER form (MCSA 5875) and new MEC (MCSA 5876) as of December 22, 2015. Due to delays in making an electronic version of the form available to medical examiners, FMCSA is providing the 120-day grace period.

From December 22, 2015, until April 20, 2016, medical examiners may use either the current forms and certificates or the new forms and certificates.

This guidance is expected to be published in the Federal Register Monday, December 21, 2015.

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