A General Direction is a notice we issue after consultation, which specifies requirements for applicants of a medical certificate.

Expiration of Medical Certificates

19 May 2020

On 26 March 2020 the Director issued an Emergency Directive (ED) in response to COVID-19 to provide relief from certain requirements relating to medical certificates, without compromising civil aviation safety.

The ED had a 90-day limitation which created a situation where a significant amount of medical certificates are due to expire 24 June 2020. The aviation medical system may not be able to cope with so many certificates needing to be renewed by that date. The CAA is therefore consulting on a General Direction that enables certificates with expiry dates between 26 March 2020 and 24 June 2020 to remain in force until 90 days following the original date of expiry. This will ensure a more even spread of renewals.

While consulting on the proposed GD, we encourage participants to initiate the renewal of their medical certificates. We will be monitoring the level of activity to determine if the GD is still a requirement.

The CAA is interested in your feedback - please do so by sending an email to med@caa.govt.nz. The closing date for feedback is 5pm Tuesday 2 June 2020.

The General Direction terminates 21 Sep 2020.

Draft General Direction: Expiration of Medical Certificates [PDF 56 KB]

Emergency Directive: Expiration of Medical Certificates

27 Mar 2020

This Emergency Directive is issued in response to the situation created by COVID-19, and in particular, the increase to Level 4 of the COVID-19 alert system from 11:59 Wednesday 25 March 2020. This Emergency Directive is necessary to provide relief from certain requirements of Civil Aviation Rule Parts 61.35, 63.23 and 65.25, without compromising civil aviation safety.

Emergency Directive: Expiration of Medical Certificates [PDF 468 KB]

Emergency Directive frequently asked questions [PDF 226 KB]

Temporary medical conditions

This General Direction provides exceptions to the reporting requirements set out in section 27C of the Act for temporary medical conditions. It provides practical guidance on what temporary medical conditions are not necessary for medical certificate holders to report. These exceptions to reporting requirements only apply to participants who hold a current medical certificate. All other applicants must still disclose their medical conditions for the purposes of the medical examination referred to in section 27D (1) of the Act.

General Directions Exceptions for Temporary Medical Conditions [PDF 325 KB]

Colour vision deficiency

The General Direction on Colour Vision Deficiency sets the conditions for pilots who have a colour vision deficiency. It represents a shift in operational policy towards pilots with impaired colour vision, allowing these pilots to demonstrate competency through assessments and flight tests. This provides an opportunity to show they can operate an aircraft safely despite their vision deficiency.

It enables pilots with CVD to apply to undertake a new Operational Colour Vision Assessment (OCVA) and, if successful, remove restrictions on their Class 1 and Class 2 medical certificates. It may apply in certain circumstance to pilots with DL9 medical certificates.

Colour Vision Deficiency - General Directions Notice 2019 [PDF 8 MB]

Timetable for routine examinations

This notice provides general directions for the timing of examinations that an applicant for a class of medical certificate is required to have.

Timetable for Routine Examinations - General Directions Notice 2009 - effective 01 Mar 09 [PDF 2.8 MB]

Examination procedures

This notice provides the conduct of examinations, the reporting of their results, and to specify the requirements of examinations or other clinical matters.

Examination Procedures - General Directions Notice 2009 - effective 01 Mar 09 [PDF 4.9 MB]

PREDICT cardiovascular asssessment tool

This letter gives approval for use of the PREDICT tool, which enhances the abilities of medical examiners assessing cardiovascular risk.

Director's approval for use of the PREDICT cardiovascular assessment tool [PDF 454 KB]

 Ask us about medical matters

If you have any questions about this topic, use our contact form, or email med@caa.govt.nz