Medical standards for driver licensing are used internationally to ensure that the driver’s health status does not increase their risk of crashing.
The RCPI Policy Group on Medical Fitness to Drive was established in 2010. It was chaired by Professor Des O’Neill, a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital Dublin.
The policy group highlighted the importance of having a national strategy for standards in medical fitness to drive in Ireland. It helped to establish a National Office for Traffic Medicine with the Road Safety Authority of Ireland in 2011.
In close consultation with stakeholders, the National Office for Traffic Medicine has developed a national framework for standards in Traffic Medicine in Ireland, including an active research and education programme, international linkages and outreach to the general driving public. The Policy Group on Traffic Medicine terminated its activities in 2011 on the development of the National Office for Traffic Medicine and further details of the active Traffic Medicine programme based in RCPI are available via the link below.
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
|Dr Des O’Neill (Chair)||Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine|
|Dr Ross Ardill||General Practitioner|
|Dr Derek Bennett||Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery|
|Prof Denis Cusack||Forensic & Legal Medicine, also Coroners Society of Ireland|
|Dr Norman Delanty||Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience|
|Dr Brian Farrell||Coroners Society of Ireland|
|Mr Michael Gormley||Psychological Society of Ireland|
|Ms Noeleen Harvey||Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland|
|Dr Joanna Joyce Cooney||HSE Principal Medical Officers Group and Irish Society of Community & Public Health Medicine|
|Dr Edward Keelan||Irish Cardiac Society|
|Dr Gerry Lane||Irish Association for Emergency Medicine|
|Prof Walter McNicholas||Irish Thoracic Society|
|Dr Jacinta Morgan||Irish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine|
|Mr David O’Brien||Neurosurgery|
|Mr Martin O’Brien||Association of Optometrists Ireland|
|Dr Diarmuid Smith||Irish Endocrine Society|
|Mr Tadhg Stapleton||Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland|
|Dr Anne Jeffers||College of Psychiatry of Ireland|
|Dr Garry Treacy||Irish College of Ophthalmologists|
|Dr Declan Whelan||Faculty of Occupational Medicine|
|Prof David Williams||Clinical Pharmacology, RCSI|
|Dr Patricia Logan||Irish College of Ophthalmologists|
|Dr Patricia Fitzpatrick||Faculty of Public Health Medicine|
|Mr Tony McAleer||Irish Association of Orthoptists|
|Dr Gerry Cummins||Irish College of General Practitioners|
For further information about medical fitness to drive or the National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine please contact: