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Measures for the Management of Issuing Medical Certificate for Seafarers of the People’s Republic of China

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 For the purpose of standardizing the management of medical certificate for seafarers, Measures for the Management of Issuing Medical Certificate for Seafarers of the People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the Measures) are formulated in accordance with Regulations on Seafarers of the People’s Republic of China and relevant international conventions which China has concluded or acceded to.

Article 2 The Measures apply to the issuance and management of medical certificate for seafarers within the territory of People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as medical certificate).

The medical certificate hereby referred to the occupational medical documentary evidence issued by maritime administrations in accordance with Regulations on Seafarers of the People’s Republic of China and relevant international conventions which China has concluded or acceded to, which proves that a seafarer’s physical condition enables him to effectively perform post duties onboard.

Article 3Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as China MSA) is in charge of the issuance and management of seafarer medical certificate. while regional MSAs are responsible for specific issues regarding issuance and management of medical certificates in line with the responsibility scope determined by China MSA.

Chapter II Medical Certificate

Article 4 Seafarers shall hold valid medical certificates during their service on board.

Article 5 A medical certificate shall include the following information:

1. the holder’s name, gender, date of birth, nationality, department on board, signature, and photograph;

2. certificate number;

3. applicable clauses in relevant international conventions;

4. declaration of the recognized medical practitioner;

5. date of issuance and expiry;

6. name of authorizing administration;

7. name of issuing agency and signature of recognized medical practitioner;

8. other remarks to be specified.

Article 6 Seafarers applying for medical certificates shall take medical fitness examination in the qualified medical examination agencies in conducting occupational medical examination of seafarers (hereinafter referred to as medical examination agencies) publicized by maritime administrations.

Article 7 Recognized medical practitioners of the medical examination agencies shall issue medical certificates timely to seafarers meeting the following requirements:

1. be at least 16 years old;

2. hold valid identification documents;

3. meet the applicable medical fitness standards for seafarers;

4. submit photograph as required by maritime administrations.

Article 8 Medical certificates shall remain valid for a maximum period of two years. For seafarers applying for medical certificates under the age of 18, the maximum validity period shall be only one year. The date of expiry shall not be later than the 65th birthday of the certificate holder.

Article 9 The seafarer shall reapply for a medical certificate in case of expiration of the medical certificate.

If the medical certificate expires in the course of a voyage, then the medical certificate shall continue in force until the next port of call where a medical practitioner recognized by contracting party is available, provided that the period shall not exceed three months.

In urgent cases the maritime administration may permit a seafarer possessing an expired medical certificate of recent date to work until the next port of call where a medical practitioner recognized by the Party is available, but the period of such permission shall not exceed three months.

Article 10 When a medical certificate is lost or damaged, the holder shall apply for medical certificate re-issuance to the physical examination agency issuing the original certificate, as well as meet the following requirements:

1. where a medical certificate is damaged, the original damaged certificate shall be returned;

2. where a medical certificate is lost, a lost announcement shall be published in newspapers with a nationwide circulation, and an application could be submitted 30 days after the announcement.

3. Where an application for the re-issuance of a medical certificate damaged in the marine incident is made, the seafarer shall provide the documentary evidence of the incident to the medical examination agency.

The expiry date of the reissued medical certificate shall be the same as that of the original certificate.

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