Gearing Up for New Commercial Driver Medical Examination Requirements

Karen O’Hara

Effective May 21, 2014, the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is expected to improve truck and bus driver health and public safety in the U.S.

More than 4.6 million commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in the U.S. undergo mandatory physical examinations each year. Healthcare professionals have until May 21, 2014, to become qualified to perform these exams under new federal rules. After that date, all CMV drivers will be required to be examined by a qualified clinician who is listed on the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).

As preventive medicine specialists, occupational health professionals have an opportunity to fulfill important clinical and advisory roles in this process.

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