Aviation Medical Examiner

Dr Justin Carter

EASA Aviation medicals post Brexit

The following comments only apply to those who have changed their state of licence issue away from the UK and to one of the EASA states.

Unfortunately since the UK left both the EU but also EASA, all UK CAA approved AMEs ceased to be able to issue EASA medicals on the 1st of January 2021.
That means those Pilots who transferred their 'State of Licence Issue' (SOLI) to another EASA state in the run up to Brexit who require an aviation medical (or who develop medical issues requiring aviation medical input between medicals), will need to find an AME approved by the National Authority of one of the remaining EASA states.

Whilst some UK based AMEs (including myself) are busily trying to achieve approval from one of the EASA states, to my knowledge, none have so far succeeded.
You might wonder why such AMEs didn't seek approval from other EASA state authorities before the 1st of January. Unfortunately the regulatory framework prevented UK AMEs from being approved by other EASA states before the 1st of January and since there is no clear pathway to achieve recognition from EASA states after the 1st of January, there is inevitably a hiatus during which there are very few (possibly no) EASA approved AMEs in the UK. Laughably of course all were EASA approved until the 1st of January!

The only solution that I can see other than EASA state National Authorities approving UK AMEs to conduct EASA medicals, would be for EASA (even if just temporarily) to accept UK AME issued (Class 1) certificates as equivalent in validating EASA flight crew licences. In all honesty that should be straightforward, especially in the short term since there has been no regulatory divergence of the PartMed framework that underpins UK issued certificates from EASA certificates (in other words the requirements that underpin the medical certificates are presently identical).

Practical suggestion to affected Class 1 certificate holders requiring medical revalidation / renewal.

The reason this applies principally to Class 1 holders is that few if any Class 3 or Class 2 holders have changed their SOLI state.
I suggest that short term (especially during this lockdown period) unless you absolutely must have a valid EASA Medical certificate for work reasons (in which case you'll have to find an EASA AME most likely by travelling to one of the EU states to find one) that you simply wait for EASA medicals to become available in the UK, either as EASA National Authorities approve UK AMEs to conduct medicals OR by a sea change in approach from EASA in which they accept UK issued Class 1 certificates as being equivalent. One of these two solutions will very likely be found in the coming weeks (because the farcical situation is frankly untenable as it is). That might mean you have a gap in medical certificate validity of a few weeks (but so long as your class 1 certificate hasn't expired by more than 5 years, a renewal is very much the same as a revalidation so provided you don't need a valid certificate to work, there is no great loss or 'harm' in allowing your certificate to lapse for a short time).
As soon as I am able to offer EASA aviation medicals (once again!) I'll update this webpage to reflect that.