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News Digest DOT 58-14

More Than 30,000 Medical Professionals Now Listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers. Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification. All interstate commercial truck and bus drivers must pass a USDOT medical examination at least once every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate and maintain their commercial driver’s license (CDL). As required by federal regulation, effective May 21, 2014, all new USDOT medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers (both CDL and non-CDL drivers) are required to be performed by a medical examiner who has completed the required training and passed a certification test. The USDOT medical examination looks at a range of conditions to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision, and hearing. To meet the needs of professional drivers throughout the country, there are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities that can be located by visiting http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.  Contact:  Duane DeBruyne:  (202) 366-9999.

Maritime Administration Publishes A Policy on Voluntary Certification of Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Training.  The Maritime Administration has published a policy for the certification of cruise vessel security and safety training providers, as authorized under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010.  The new certification process will afford an opportunity for security and safety training providers to demonstrate that their training program is consistent with model standards for security and safety training that were promulgated by the Coast Guard in 2012.  MARAD will list certified training provider organizations on its website and notify the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Port State Control of training organizations whose certification is effective.  The policy published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, may be viewed in the Federal Register at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=MARAD-2013-0022-0006. MARAD Contact: Kim Strong (202) 366-5807.

Friday, June 27, 2014