Proposed rule would certify VA doctors as medical examiners

Qualified physicians would be required to complete FMCSA training, testing

Posted December 2, 2016

Qualified physicians — employed with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — may be given an alternate route to appear on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) in order to perform commercial driver physicals, if a proposed rule becomes finalized.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow VA physicians the opportunity to perform medical examinations and issue Medical Examiner’s Certificates to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators who are military veterans enrolled in the VA health system. According to the proposal, in order to become a certified VA medical examiner, the qualified physician would have to successfully complete an FMCSA-developed training and testing program conducted through the VA.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act spells out specific requirements in order to be a qualified VA physician. Individuals must:

  • Be employed in the VA;
  • Be familiar with FMCSA’s standards for, and physical requirements of, a CMV operator requiring medical certification; and
  • Never have “acted fraudulently” with respect to such certification.

View the rule.

How do you submit comments?

When submitting comments on any rulemaking or Notice, you must use the agency’s identified Docket Number. This specific rulemaking has been given Docket Number FMCSA–2016–0333.

You may offer input using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590–0001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
  • Fax: (202) 493–2251.

To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods.

The comment period ends on January 3, 2017.

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