FMCSA Expects to Release Medical Examiner Registry Final Rule Before Year’s End

This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it expects to release the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) Final Rule later this year. The statement was included in a Federal Register posting announcing that FMCSA is seeking public review and comments on core curriculum guidance for medical examiners who conduct DOT physicals.
Released in December 2008, FMCSA’s National Registry proposal calls for the development of a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners as required by section 4116 of SAFETEA-LU. The proposal includes a provision requiring medical examiners to complete certain training and testing before their information could appear in the NRCME. The training will be developed by private training organizations based on guidance provided by FMCSA. The agency did not include the core curriculum guidance in the NCRME proposal. Several commenters called for a public review and comment period on the guidance.

The guidance is now posted on the National Registry website and in public docket FMCSA-2008-0363 at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. All comments were to be submitted on or before June 16, 2011.