Update on EASA Aircrew Medical Fitness / Decision 2018/012/R
On November 22, 2018, EASA published its Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) & Guidance Material (GM) related to aircrew medical fitness, covering detailed rules on issues such as random testing, peer support and the psychological assessment of pilots.
The AMC & GM were published for final stakeholder consultation a few months ago, to which the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) submitted detailed comments. Many thanks to all EAAP members for their great support during the process of drafting our proposal!
Just to mention one highlight:
We achieved the explicit reference of 'psychologists' in the psychological assessment of pilots. (AMC1 CAT.GEN.MPA.175 - b)
The psychological assessment should be: (2) validated and either directly performed or overseen by a psychologist with acquired knowledge in aviation relevant to the flight crew’s operating environment and with expertise in psychological assessment (…).
The implementation is subject to a two-year transition period (as is the related regulation), to allow Member States & aviation stakeholders to prepare.
EAAP Secretary General
You can consult the new AMC/GM here