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Aero-medical Centres, aero-medical examiners and pilot medical examination Experience Exchange Visit

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The EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) successfully concluded an experience exchange visit in Europe (Germany and France) dedicated on aero-medical centres (AeMCs), aero-medical examiners (AMEs) and pilot medical examination.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) delegation consisting of aero-medical examiners visited the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) headquarters in Cologne, the German Aerospace Centre DLR, the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC - Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile) and Percy AeMC in Paris.

The discussions encompassed a wide range of topics covered by the experts from Europe and China. The activity provided an opportunity to exchange experience and best practices on the CAAC regulatory framework for aero-medical examination and medical certification; development of civil aviation medical management in China; CAAC aero-medical system; AMEs and AeMCs; organization and personnel of the AeMCs; medical risk management and aviation safety in China; inspection of prohibited drugs; CAAC electronic medical certificate (EMC); European aero-medical certification; EASA’s concepts, regulatory framework and practical aspects; safety management in the context of AeMCs in Europe; risk assessment for AeMCs and how to assess AeMC’s safety management effectiveness; Aircrew regulation and Part-MED; European AeMC compliance with Aircrew regulation; French DGAC as an oversight authority for AeMCs in its territory and application of the Aircrew regulation; approval of AeMCs; organization of the aero-medical expertise in France; training of AMEs, etc.

Aero-medical experts from CAAC, EASA, China Southern Airlines, DLR, French DGAC and Percy AeMC discussed the challenges and operational requirements related to AeMCs, AME, pilot examination, Authority’s oversight, as well as practical examples on managing safety risks.

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