MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS
The STCW Convention 1978, as amended, as well as the Maritime Labour Convention, establishes that all seafarers are required to have on board a valid medical certificate and it is the responsibility of the ship’s Master to verify that all seafarers, on joining the vessel have valid medical certificates.
The Conventions mandate that such a certificate is valid for a maximum of two years and must be issued by a medical practitioner authorised in his/her country for the issue of seafarer’s medical certificates.
Cook Islands requires that medical practitioners issuing medical certificates to seafarers making an application for endorsement of CoC be –
(i) Be a licensed physician with independence from employers, workers and their representatives in exercising medical judgment with respect to examination procedures;
(ii) Be experienced in general and occupational medicine or maritime occupational medicine;
(iii) Have knowledge of the living and working conditions on board ships, gained either through special instruction or through personal experience of seafaring; and
(iv) Be familiar with the IMO/WHO publications, Guidelines for Conducting Pre-Sea and Periodic Medical Fitness Examinations for Seafarers (ILO/WHO/D.2/1997) available here or by using the address below http://ilo-mirror.library.cornell.edu/public/english/dialogue/sector/techmeet/ilowho97/index.htm
Below is a sample of the medical examination certificate template made available to seafarers intending to work on Cook Islands flagged vessels. Alternatively templates may be requested from email@example.com or the Deputy Register of the vessel, or in your area.