FMCSA

In the past few years the FMCSA has become increasingly unaware of the effects their decisions have on the medical examiners and their clients, state licensing agencies, and the drivers they are trying to protect, and never has that been more emphasized than in their most recent ruling, dated 4/23/15 from Vol 80, No. 78 of the Federal Register. In this ruling, the FMCSA changes the prescribed Medical Examination Report (MER) and Medical Examination Certificate (MEC) to a pair of standardized forms, MCSA-5875 (MER) and MCSA-5876 (MEC), and the effective date of this ruling is June 22, 2015, a mere two months after the ruling was published. Here at Jack-Bilt we’ve run into several questions that several examiners have had about their forms, and their ability to continue using said forms.

We at Jack-Bilt are still exploring some of the finer points of the changes, so we can ensure we have 100% compliant forms ready for examiners as quickly as possible, however, in looking over the ruling, we have found some broad-stroke information that we believe would be helpful when adjusting to these new rules. Most notably, per Sec 7, Part D of the Federal Register,

To allow sufficient time for the certified MEs to make the necessary adjustments to their business requirements, the provisions requiring MEs to use the new MER Form, MCSA–5875 and MEs to use the prescribed Form MCSA–5876 for the MEC will go into effect six months after the effective date of the final rule. Beginning June 22, 2018, MEs will be required to report the results of all commercial drivers’ physical examinations to FMCSA by midnight (local time) of the next calendar day following the examination, by completing a CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form, MCSA– 5850, via their individual password protected National Registry web account. For CLP/CDL applicants/ holders…

What this means is that there are no mandatory changes for examiners at all until January 2016. In January a new medical examination report and certificate will be required to be used, and starting June 22, 2018, Medical Examiners will be required to report the results of CMV exams to the FMCSA by midnight the day after an exam via a new website. Prior to the January deadline, and as soon as we possibly can, we will begin offering the new MCSA forms. As soon as they become available, a new posting will be made both here and on our website.

The Federal Register entry on these changes can be found HERE and for the specific information on compliance dates, see page 16, first paragraph in the middle column, entitled D. Compliance Dates.

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NRCME

 

On May 21, this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration established and mandated the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, and its criteria for the training and registration of medical professionals for purposes of performing Department of Transportation medical examinations. There’s been a few changes, but what does that mean for you?

As a doctor:
It means you need to register with the NRCME to receive a unique identifier, complete training and testing at accredited training and approved testing centers. You must use new examination certificates which allow you to put in your NRCME identifier. There were no changes to the report (long form), so you can continue to use those. You must report monthly all driver exams via the national registry system, and these results can be periodically monitored and you can be audited for these examinations, you must agree to submit to these audits, and assist and comply with the relevant authorities. Finally, you must retrain every five years, and recertify every ten. The NRCME will contact you via email with your certification credentials. Only after receiving these credentials are you truly certified to perform medical examinations.

As a driver:
Largely, this isn’t going to affect you. If you have been purchasing your own medical examination forms, then you may need to replace what examination certificates you have on hand.

The FMCSA ruled that no grace period was needed in order to run out existing stock on these medical examination certificates, so any non-compliant certificates should be discarded, if they do not reflect the 2014 changes. Changes on the form are small, and easy to identify. In addition to all the information on the old certificates, the new cards have a place identified with “NRCME #” and another for “Intrastate” Yes/No. The reason being that the FMCSA only has jurisdiction over interstate drivers, and intrastate drivers are bound only by their state’s regulations (which in many cases are identical to the interstate regulations)