Doctors FAQs

Our most frequently asked questions from doctors and offshore workers

FAQs from doctors

  • 01.

    How do I join the register of examining doctors?

    Please submit an application at the appropriate link. This will be reviewed by the OEUK Medical Advisor to ensure it meets requirements. If your application is approved you will need to attend a training workshop.

  • 02.

    What paperwork must I submit before attending the training workshop?

    You will need to submit an application form and supply a copy of your current (within past year) audiometer calibration certificate. If you’re not on the UK General Medical Council register, you’ll also need to provide documentary evidence of your current registration with your national medical registration/licensing body.

  • 03.

    Do I have to attend the workshop?

    Yes, the workshop is mandatory for any doctor who wishes to be included on the examining doctors’ register.

  • 04.

    How long will I wait for my PIN and to be included on the register?

    Your PIN will be issued to the email address you provide on your application form. Note that email addresses including ‘info@’ or ‘admin@’ are less likely to reach examining doctors and may lead to problems unless the doctor personally ensures that it is closely monitored for PIN, renewal and other communications from OEUK.

    If you do not receive your PIN within one week of attending the workshop, please check your junk email folder. In the email, select the confirmation message and click Not Junk, which will allow future messages to get through. Your contact details will be included on the publicly-available website listing of OEUK registered doctors within one week of your attending the workshop and submitting all necessary documentation.

  • 05.

    Will I have to attend a refresher course?

    No, however examining doctors are encouraged to remain up to date by attending events such as webinars each year. Doctors who do not attend such an event for a three-year period may have their registration status reviewed.

  • 06.

    Who should I contact with any queries?

    Email [email protected]

    If your query requires to be passed to our medical advisor this will be done by our administrator.

  • 07.

    How do I get another copy of the Medical Aspects of Fitness for Offshore Work: Guidance for Examining Physicians?

    You can purchase another copy of the guidelines via our publications shop. Please note, if your company is a member of OEUK, please login/create an account on the site to receive these items for free.

FAQs from offshore workers

  • 01.

    Which other countries will accept an OEUK medical certificate?

    Acceptance of OEUK medical certificates outside the UK is entirely at the discretion of the country, employer or installation operator concerned, and is not a matter for OEUK.

    By mutual agreement, a standard OEUK medical certificate will generally be accepted in Norway and the Netherlands. Please note that location-specific and (2008 restricted) OEUK medical certificates are NOT covered by this agreement and are valid only for the specific installations agreed by the installation operator.

  • 02.

    Can I ask for a decision to be reviewed?

    An examining doctor should fully explain the OEUK medical guidelines and the reason why you do not meet them. If you feel that the examining doctor has not dealt with your medical assessment in accordance with the guidelines, you may contact the OEUK Medical Adviser in the first instance. If this does not resolve the issue a further review process may be implemented whereby three other examining doctors will review the documentation regarding your medical.

  • 03.

    How can I check the validity of an OEUK medical certificate?

    You should first contact the doctor who appears to have issued the certificate – their contacts details should be on it. It is possible that a doctor will leave the list for entirely legitimate reasons after issuing a certificate – if it is not clear from the list itself, or if the doctor issuing a certificate does not appear to be on the list, contact [email protected] to check the status of the doctor when the certificate was issued.

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