ENG1 / Seafarer Medicals Glasgow

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic,  our clinic is currently closed, as our face-to-face work is considered to be non-essential at the moment. We don’t know when we will be reopening as yet.
The MCA have  issued a revised ENG medical examination policy (please see below).
If you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact me on helen@brydenmedical.com.
Best wishes,
Dr Helen S Bryden, MCA Approved Doctor.
MCA Revised ENG medical examination policy during COVID-19 pandemic.

In summary:

If on board:

Full 2 year ENG1 certificate (or 1 year for under 18s),

Then may be able to continue to work for up to 6 months.

Does not need to contact the Approved Doctor.

Time Limited ENG1 certificate (those valid for less than 2 years for medical reasons)

Then may be able to continue to work for 3 months,

Then, if still on board, would require a Telephone Review with Approved Doctor (The telephone review should preferably be conducted by the AD who issued the expired ENG 1 certificate and a proportionate fee may be charge) to assess whether further exception can be approved or not.

If joining a ship with an expired ENG1 certificate:

Full 2 year ENG1 certificate (or 1 year under 18s)

May be able to work for up to 6 months, if the ENG1 certificate has expired in the last 3 months.

Does not need to contact the Approved Doctor.

Time Limited ENG1 certificate (those valid for less than 2 years due to medical reasons) whose certificate has expired within the last month:

Will require Telephone Review with Approved Doctor (The telephone review should preferably be conducted by the AD who issued the expired ENG 1 certificate and a proportionate fee may be charge), to assess whether an exception can be approved or not.

For the more detailed MCA Revised ENG medical examination policy during COVID-19 pandemic please see below:

The MCA has put in place contingency plans to mitigate disruption to essential delivered services as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. See also

Exceptions for ENG 1 Certificates which have expired or are due to expire imminently.

In view of the difficulty in obtaining ENG 1 certificates during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided to extend the three-month period as currently stated in MSN 1887 section 3.4:

Scenario 1. (On board)“A seafarer whose certificate has expired during the course of a voyage may continue to work until the next port of call at which a replacement certificate can be obtained, or for up to three months from the date of expiry of the certificate – whichever is the sooner. The validity of the certificate itself cannot be extended. A replacement medical fitness certificate must be obtained at the next port at which it is possible to do so.”

Scenario 2. “In urgent cases, with MCA’s approval, a seafarer who has no valid medical fitness certificate because their medical certificate has expired within the last month, may exceptionally be employed for a period not exceeding three months without a valid medical certificate, provided that their last medical fitness certificate was valid for a full 24 months (or 12 months if the seafarer is under 18 years of age). The seafarer must obtain a replacement medical fitness certificate at the next port at which it is possible to do so. Any case requiring approval should be referred to MCA’s Medical Administration Team at the address at the end of this Notice.”

NEW Revised Exceptions

Scenario 1 (On board) There is no need to involve an Approved Doctor (AD) or MCA in the exception process. The seafarer or master should print a copy of the published guidance to present with their (expired) certificate which is then acceptable for the stipulated period.

  • Full 2-year ENG 1 certificate (or 1-year for under 18s): Extend the above exception to 6 months for those whose certificate expires during a voyage. This would decrease the administrative burden on ADs, as well as avoiding potential exposure of seafarers to infection when travelling to appointments or in clinics/surgeries.
  • Time Limited ENG 1 certificates (those valid for less than 2 years due to medical reasons): Exception for current voyage (for 3 months after a time limited certificate expires as above) is retained. Those still on board at the end of that three-month exception will require a Telephone Review to assess whether a further exception can be approved or not

Scenario 2 (Joining a ship with an expired ENG 1 certificate) •

Full 2-year certificate (or 1 year for under 18s): Extend the above exception to 6 months for those with a full 2-year certificate whose certificate has expired within the last three months when joining a ship. This will decrease the administrative burden on ADs, as well as avoiding potential exposure of seafarers to infection travelling to appointments or in clinics/surgeries.

  • Time Limited ENG 1 certificates (those valid for less than 2 years due to medical reasons): For anyone needing to join a ship whose time limited ENG 1 certificate expired within the last month, will require a Telephone Review to assess whether an exception can be approved or not.

If you need a telephone review, please complete the form below and return it to helen@brydenmedical.com with a copy of your current ENG1 medical certificate please.

The fee for a telephone review will be £65.

Information required for a Telephone Review.

Name_____________________________________ Date of Birth_____________

Address___________________________________________________________

Contact details Phone ______________________Email ____________________

Job Title___________________________________________________________

Expired ENG1 Issue date:_________________ Expiry date:_________________

Name of doctor who issued last ENG1__________________________________

Serial number of expired ENG1 Certificate_______________________________

Medical questionnaire: Do you have a history of any of the following?

Any new problems with your health since your last ENG1 medical                             Yes         No

Infectious/contagious/tropical diseases                                                                            Yes        No

Are you taking any prescribed or other medication                                                        Yes        No

Do you have any allergies/hay fever                                                                                  Yes        No

Epilepsy, fits or fainting                                                                                                        Yes         No

Cancer or other malignancy                                                                                                Yes         No

Nervous /Mental ill health                                                                                                   Yes        No

Drug and/or alcohol misuse in the past three years?                                                     Yes         No

Asthma /bronchitis                                                                                                               Yes         No

Varicose veins or haemorrhoids                                                                                         Yes         No

High blood pressure/hypertension                                                                                    Yes         No

Heart conditions/rheumatic fever                                                                                      Yes        No

Disease of the brain/ nervous system                                                                               Yes         No

Head injury or concussion                                                                                                   Yes         No

Sleep disorder                                                                                                                        Yes        No

Migraine/severe headaches                                                                                                Yes         No

Tobacco use (quantify)                                                                                                          Yes        No

Back injury/pain/joint problems                                                                                          Yes       No

Ear/nose/ throat/sinus/hearing problem                                                                          Yes        No

Eye trouble/squint/glasses/contact lenses                                                                       Yes        No

Diabetes or other hormone problems                                                                               Yes        No

Urinary/ kidney /for men, prostate/for women, gynaecological problems                Yes        No

Stomach /bowel disorder/ jaundice/liver disease                                                           Yes        No

Skin disease                                                                                                                             Yes        No

Fractures/dislocations                                                                                                           Yes        No

Any other health issues                                                                                                         Yes        No

Comments on medical history:

 

 

 

 

I certify that this is a true statement and I understand that any false entry may invalidate any certificate issued. Personal information collected on this form will be retained by the Approved Doctor conducting this medical examination. Your information could be shared with the MCA Chief Medical Advisor, any subsequent Approved Doctors that you attend and MCA administrators if required, for them to fulfil their statutory duties under Merchant Shipping Regulations 2010.

I have read and understood all information regarding my ENG1 medical examination. I have been given opportunity to ask questions and any questions I have asked have been satisfactorily answered. I agree to proceed with the examination.

Signed: ____________________________Print Name: _____________________________ Date: ___________________________________          

Please email completed forms and any questions to Dr Helen Bryden at helen@brydenmedical.com         Thank you.

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