Aviation Medicine (AVMED) Section

ICAO sets Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for international civil aviation in accordance with the consensus views of its 193 Contracting States in order to achieve an acceptable level of flight safety.  

The SARPs concerning medical provisions on medical fitness requirements of licence holders are contained in Annex 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.  

The SARPS concerning the prevention and management of communicable diseases (CAPSCA) in aviation are contained in ICAO Annexes 6, 9, 11, 14, 18 and the PANS-ATM. 

The principal responsibilities of the Aviation Medicine Section are:
• Ensuring the medical provisions in Annex 1 remain up-to-date;

• Management of the programme “Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of public health events in Civil Aviation” (CAPSCA); 

• Providing guidance to medical examiners and medical assessors concerning the interpretation and implementation of medical provisions.  Written guidance is available free of charge in the Manual of Civil Aviation Medicine (Doc 8984)
• Editorial responsibility for the Manual on Prevention of Problematic Use of Substances in the Aviation Workplace (Doc 9654) and the Manual on Laser Emitters and Flight Safety (Doc 9815), which are available for purchase from the ICAO Online Store;
• Development of appropriate SARPs and guidance material to facilitate and harmonize preparedness planning for public health events that impact aviation such as serious communicable diseases, radio-nuclear and chemical accidents;
 • Provision of guidance to licensing authorities in Contracting States on medical provisions;
• Conducting and participating in regional seminars on aviation medicine and preparedness planning, conducting ICAO educational sessions at international aviation medicine scientific meetings, and presenting papers at such meetings.

For further information you may contact:

Chief, Aviation Medicine Section
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ICAO documents such as the Passenger Health Locator Form are provided to national governments so that they can adapt them for local, national use in accordance with national regulations and legislation.

All questions concerning the finalization or administration of national Passenger Health Locator Forms, in addition to any other questions concerning the medical requirements or recommendations relating to your upcoming journey, must therefore be directed to your airline of choice or the suitable national authorities relevant to your departing or arrival destinations.


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