Various licences issued by the IAA require a medical certificate to accompany them. The Aeromedical Section (AMS) which is part of Personnel Licensing is responsible for the control of this within Ireland.
The scope of the AMS includes:
- Authorisation of Aeromedical Centres (AeMCs) and Aeromedical Examiners (AMEs) who perform the required medicals.
- Processes of State of Licence transfer requests into and out of the State
- Reviews cases referred to it by AeMCs or AMEs.
- Implementation of procedures for revocation of certificates and permissions
- Maintaining International contacts with authorities in connection with the tasks assigned
Aviation medical standards are prescribed by various regulations which include but not limited to:
- Regulation (EC) 1178/2011 as amended by Regulation (EC) 290/2012 – The technical requirements and administrative procedures related to civil aviation aircrew pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008
- Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council -repealing Regulations (EC) No 552/2004 and (EC) No 216/2008 (Basic Regulation).
- Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340 of 20 February 2015 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures relating to air traffic controllers' licences and certificates.
- Irish Aviation Authority (Personnel Licensing) Order, 2000 (S.I. 333 of 2000)
- Part-Med sets out the requirements for the medical certification of flight crew personnel. It also requires the establishment of an AMS within the IAA.
- Part-ATCO.MED sets out the requirements for the medical certification of air traffic controllers.
- Commission Regulation EU2015/340
- European Communities (Air Traffic Controller Licence) Regulations 2008
- Student / Private pilots require a Class 2 Medical Certificate, professional licence holders require a Class 1 Medical Certificate.
- The IAA AMS is responsible for the initial issue of Class 1 Medical Certificates and for the initial review of any limitation, variation, suspension or denial of a Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate.
- Reports on all medical examinations carried out on Irish-licensed flight crew, including those conducted by JAR-FCL AeroMedical Examiners outside Ireland, will be submitted to the IAA AMS for assessment for medical certification purposes.
- In cases of doubt, or incomplete information of a particular matter, the AMS may require further specialist information to be provided by an applicant.
The Aeromedical section is headed by a registered medical practitioner with extensive experience in aircraft operations.