Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
GAO-12-769R: May 30, 2012
GAO reviewed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) new rule on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. GAO found that (1) the final rule establishes a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) with requirements that all medical examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers meet the following criteria: complete certain training concerning FMCSAs physical qualification standards, pass a test to verify an understanding of those standards, and maintain and demonstrate competence through periodic training and testing. Following establishment of the National Registry and a transition period, FMCSA will require that motor carriers and drivers use only those medical examiners (MEs) on its National Registry and will only accept as valid medical examiners certificates issued by medical examiners listed on the National Registry. FMCSA is developing the National Registry program to improve highway safety and driver health by requiring that medical examiners be trained and certified so they can determine effectively whether a CMV drivers medical fitness for duty meets FMCSAs standards; and (2) FMCSA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.