Standards for the medical examination of seafarers and coastal pilots

These standards have been compiled for the use of Medical Inspectors who are assessing an individual’s fitness to work at sea.
21 February 2020

When an applicant presents for a medical:

  • Refer to the relevant job task analysis in Annex 1 of these standards.
  • Examine the applicant and note any abnormalities on either history or physical examination.
  • If any abnormalities are detected, refer to the appropriate section in the standard.
  • Complete the medical examination report, certificate of medical fitness and make appropriate follow-up and referral arrangements for applicants found to be temporarily or permanently unfit for duties.


Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

14 December 2020