National Office for Traffic Medicine collaborates with the International Commission on Driver Testing

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NOTM assisted in producing new report on medical fitness to drive

The National Office for Traffic Medicine (NOTM) participated in a collaboration with the International Commission on Driver Testing (CIECA) working group that examined standards for evaluating medical fitness to drive and standards for medical fitness to drive assessment.

The CIECA report on Standards for the Evaluation of Medical Fitness to Drive was published in November 2020 in conjunction with an international webinar chaired by Prof Des O’Neill, Director, NOTM. The report contains notable contributions from Prof O’Neill and Dr Margaret Ryan (Manager, NOTM) and copies can be downloaded from the CIECA website by clicking here.

Key recommendations in the report include changes to EU Directives related to vision, alcohol use disorders and ADHD. The establishment of a European clearing house and discussion forum was also proposed to enable people working in Traffic Medicine/Medical Fitness to Drive and licensing agencies to work together efficiently and effectively to guide the evidence base and develop best practice. 

Welcoming the publication of this report, Declan Naughton, Director of Driver Testing and Licensing, Road Safety Authority, said:

“[This report] illustrates the value the National Office for Traffic Medicine brings to the Road Safety Authority and to the broader arena of driver fitness. It gives us a real chance to influence the future direction of EU driver licensing directives.”

CIECA is active in 38 countries worldwide and aims to improve driving standards and road safety while facilitating mobility. Find out more on the organisation by clicking here.

To find out more about the National Office for Traffic Medicine and its work click here.

For any press queries on this report please contact Louise Finn at the details below.

National Office for Traffic Medicine

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At the National Office for Traffic Medicine, everything we do is aimed at making driving as safe as possible for all road users. Our office was jointly established by RCPI and the Road Safety Authority of Ireland in 2011, bringing the specialty of Traffic Medicine to Ireland for the first time.

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