This certificate is issued by authority of the Maritime Administrator and in compliance with the requirements of the Medical Examination (Seafarers) Convention.
This physical examination must be carried out not more than 24 months prior next medical check for a seafarer older than 18 years old and considered to be fit for duty without any restrictions.
In case of any restriction found not preventing seafarer to fulfill his duties this physical examination should be carried out not more than 12 months prior next medical check.
The examination shall be conducted in accordance with the International Labor Organization World Health Organization, Guidelines for Conducting Pre-sea and Periodic Medical Fitness Examinations for Seafarers (ILO 73/WHO/D.2/1997, STCW Convention, 1978 as amended and the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006.
Such proof of examination must establish that the applicant is in satisfactory physical and mental condition for the specific duty assignment undertaken and is generally in possession of all body faculties necessary in fulfilling the requirements of the seafaring profession.
The seafarer must retain the original of the “Medical Examination Report/Certificate” as evidence of physical qualification while serving on board a vessel.
An applicant who has been refused a medical certificate or has had a limitation imposed on his/her ability to work, shall be given the opportunity to have an additional examination by another medical practitioner or medical referee who is independent of the shipowner or of any organization of shipowners or seafarers.
Medical examination reports shall be marked as and remain confidential with the applicant having the fight of a copy to his/report.
The medical examination report shall be used only for determining the fitness of the seafarer for work and enhancing health care.