Health Certificates

Health CertificateThe approval and task of a seafarerʼs doctor

A seafarer’s doctor is an authorised medical practitioner approved by Norwegian authorities to perform medical examinations and make decisions in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations concerning the medical examination of employees on Norwegian ships and mobile offshore units.

An approval as seafarer’s doctor requires that the medical practitioner is authorised in accordance with national requirements in the country where he/she has a practice. Medical practitioners with practice in Norway shall be approved as seafarer’s doctors by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). Medical practitioners with practice outside of Norway shall be approved as seafarer’s doctors by a Norwegian Foreign Service Mission on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, cf. section 7, 7 paragraph in the Regulations of 5 June 2014 No. 805 on medical examination of employees on Norwegian ships and mobile offshore units.

Norwegian Foreign Service Missions consider the need for approving seafarer’s doctors, based on demand from persons working on Norwegian flagged vessels and the number of seafarer’s doctors in their region.

When are medical practitioners required to complete a course in maritime medicine?

Medical practitioners who are already approved seafarer’s doctors will be included in the transitional arrangement in section 19 of the Health Regulations, and will therefore have 5 years from the entry into force of the Regulations in order to complete the course. Medical practitioner who are not approved seafarer’s doctors when the Regulations enter into force must complete a course in maritime medicine approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority before they can be approved as seafarer’s doctors. Seafarer’s doctors must complete a refresher course approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority within each approval period in order to have their approval renewed.

  • Requirements for basic course – Transitional provisions for already approved seafarer’s doctors
    – Approved seafarer’s doctors without NCMM Basic course in maritime medicine must complete a Basic course for seafarer’s doctors or Basic course in maritime medicine within 1 July 2019
    – Seafarer’s doctors with NCMM Basic course in maritime medicine No. 1 to 19 (Nov 2008) must complete a Basic course for seafarer’s doctors or Basic course in maritime medicine within 1 July 2019
    – Seafarer’s doctors with NCMM Basic course in maritime medicine No. 20 (May 2009) to No. 29 (May 2013) must complete two refresher courses within 1 July 2019
    – Seafarer’s doctors with NCMM Basic course in maritime medicine No. 30 (Nov 2013) or later must complete one refresher course within 1 July 2019
  • Requirements for basic course in order to become approved seafarer’s doctor
    – Medical practitioners without prior approval must complete a Basic course for seafarer’s doctors or Basic course in maritime medicine before they can be approved.
  • Requirements for refresher course after 1 JULY 2019
    – A refresher course must be completed every five year period.