Information for medical practitioners and optometrists
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Applicants for some seafarer certificates may also need to have their eyesight tested by an optometrist. The standard of medical fitness a seafarer needs will depend on the certificate of competency or proficiency they want to apply for.
For national certificates, any registered medical practitioner may issue certificates of medical fitness.
For STCW or STCW-F certificates, only a registered medical practitioner approved by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) may issue certificates of medical fitness.
The requirements for issuing medical certificates and conducting eye tests, as well as the forms you need to complete, are outlined below.
Maritime Rule Part 34: Medical Standards
Maritime Rule Part 34 sets out the medical standards for seafarers. These detailed technical standards and procedures form part of New Zealand’s maritime law. Read the legislation and advisory circular relating to medical and eyesight standards for seafarers:
Medical and eye examination requirements
The requirements for conducting seafarer medical and eye examinations are described in these guidelines:
Medical examination form
Use this form to record the results of a medical examination. Once completed, give a copy of the form to the seafarer. Medical examination form – Seafarers [PDF: 190Kb, 5 pages]
Certificate of medical fitness (medical practitioner)
Complete this form to provide the official certificate of medical fitness.
Give the original of this form to the seafarer and send a copy to MNZ.
Note: If you have any concerns about whether the seafarer meets the required eyesight or colour vision standards, refer them to a registered optometrist for further testing and notify MNZ.
Eyesight test report (optometrist)
Use this form to record eyesight test results. You may not need to complete every section.
Once completed, send the original (not a copy) of this report to MNZ and give a copy to the seafarer.
Note: If you have any concerns about whether the seafarer meets the required eyesight or colour vision standards, please notify MNZ to have the case assessed for further testing.