The FMCSA announces a 120-day grace period for the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC)

The FMCSA announces a 120-day grace period during which MedicalExaminers may use either the current or the newly revised versionsof the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner’sCertificate (MEC). The final rule, as corrected, requires certifiedMEs performing physical examinations of CMV drivers to use a newlydeveloped MER Form, MCSA-5875, in place of the current MER form,and for use of the newly developed MEC Form MCSA-5876 for thecurrent MEC form, beginning on December 22, 2015. The Agency had planned to make the forms available prior to this date but experienced technical difficulties.The FMCSA acknowledges that enforcement of this December 22, 2015, compliance date would not provide sufficient time for Medical Examiners to become familiar with the new driver examination forms and/or program electronic medical records systems. For this reason, FMCSA will provide a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate, which will be from December 22, 2015, until April 20, 2016. Both sets of forms have been posted on the FMCSA Web site, [1] and Medical Examiners have the option to use either set of forms from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016.

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