Computer-Based Test Improves Road Safety by Upholding Federal Standards for Commercial Driver Health

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The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) has approved Prometric as a test delivery partner in support of its new highway safety and driver health program in the U.S. The National Registry, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will conduct computer-based testing of medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations to determine if interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers can safely handle the demands of their profession.

The Complete Guide to Medical Examiner Certification can be found on the National Registry’s website, and includes eligibility requirements, test specifications and sample items, training information and other information to assist medical examiners in the certification process.

Medical examiners seeking certification with the National Registry can schedule their exams by visiting www.prometric.com/nrcme. Medical examiners who complete training and successfully pass their tests are included in an online directory on the National Registry website.

In August 2005, Congress enacted the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized FMCSA to establish the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (49 U.S. Code 31149). The National Registry is designed to improve highway safety by producing trained, certified medical examiners who can determine whether a CMV driver meets FMCSA standards and guidelines.

National Registry objectives include:

  • Improve highway safety;
  • Ensure that medical examiners understand FMCSA medical standards and guidelines and how they apply to interstate CMV drivers;
  • Maintain a training and testing program for medical examiners;
  • Promote public confidence in the quality of the medical examiners who certify CMV drivers; and
  • Establish an online list of certified medical examiners.