For Air Traffic Controllers, the 2015/340 regulation specifies:
ATCO.MED.A.020 Loss of physical fitness
Holders of a license shall not exercise the powers of their license at any time when they:
- are aware that there has been a decrease in their medical aptitude that could render them incapable of safely exercising said powers;
- take or use any type of medication, prescription or non-prescription, that could interfere with the safe exercise of the powers of the license;
- receive any medical, surgical or other treatment that could interfere with the safe exercise of the powers of the license.
In addition, holders of a class 3 medical certificate must, without undue delay and before exercising the powers of their license, consult with a specialist in aeronautical medicine when they:
- have undergone a surgical operation or invasive procedure;
- have started using any medication on a regular basis;
- have suffered a significant personal injury that implies inability to exercise the powers of the license;
- have suffered a significant illness that implies inability to exercise the powers of the license;
- are pregnant;
- have been admitted to a hospital or medical clinic;
- require corrective lenses for the first time.
In these cases, the AEMC or AME must evaluate the medical aptitude of the license holder or student air traffic controller and decide if they are suitable to resume the exercise of their powers.
Limitations, denials, suspensions and duplicates
When the applicant does not fully comply with the requirements to safely carry out the activities applicable to the development of the powers corresponding to his license, the examining physician may establish the limitations he deems pertinent or refer him to the Aeronautical Authority for evaluation in accordance with the provisions of the regulations in force.
The limitations imposed will be specified in the medical certificate itself.
This is understood to be the consideration of Non-Fitness for the aeronautical activity corresponding to the applicant’s license due to an alteration in the applicant’s state of health that may interfere with the safety of the flight, discovered during an aeromedical examination.
It will be communicated to the applicant in an official document, in which the cause and the article of the regulation that it includes will be indicated.
In case of discrepancy with the Non-Aptitude rating, the applicant may appeal to the Aeronautical Authority (AESA), as informed in the same refusal document, within a month, requesting a new recognition and providing the medical or psychological documentation that justifies said request.
In case of intercurrent pathology (illness, injury, surgical intervention …) between two medical-aeronautical examinations that may interfere with the development of the activities of their attributions in relation to the flight or its safety, the interested party, as stated in the regulations (EU 1178/2011 MED.A.020) must contact the Air Medical Examiner (AME ) or with the Aeronautical Authority, reporting the situation in case it is necessary to proceed with the suspension of your medical certificate. suspension of your medical certificate. The AME will proceed, if the case requires it, by issuing the corresponding Suspension Document that will be delivered to the interested party. Once the cause that originated the aforementioned suspension has been overcome, the interested party will contact the AME again and will provide the reports and medical documentation that allow the evaluation and assessment for the possible revocation of the aforementioned suspension.
Request for Duplicates
In case of theft, loss or deterioration of the medical certificate, a duplicate may be requested from the AME that issued it.
In case of deterioration, the damaged document must be presented to the AME, who will withdraw it and keep it while issuing the duplicate with the same validity as the one withdrawn.
In case of loss or theft, only a duplicate will be issued upon presentation of the pertinent complaint.