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In April 2008 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), an executive agency of the European Commission, became responsible for the Licensing and Medical Standards of pilots in Europe. The advent of a pan-European legislative structure for the regulation of aviation medical assessments in Europe is an exciting and challenging prospect. The objective of improving flight safety for the citizens of Europe by the harmonisation of medical standards is laudable and well supported.

In this ‘Grand Tour’ of aviation medicine in the Continent of Europe Sally Evans will guide us through the process so far, summarise the current state of play and offer her thoughts on the way forward.

About the speaker: Dr Sally Evans, Chief Medical Officer, UK Civil Aviation Authority

Dr Sally Evans worked as a general practitioner and for British Airways before joining the UK Civil Aviation Authority in 1993. She was appointed as Chief Medical Officer in August 2005. Dr Evans was the UK representative on the Joint Aviation Authorites’ Medical Sub-Group and is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Medical Provisions Study Group. She was the Chairman of the EASA Medical Sub-Group that drafted the EASA Class 1 and 2 Medical Requirements and is the medical representative on EASA’s Flight Crew Licensing Core Group. She has held a PPL, is Deputy Chief Examiner for the UK Diploma in Aviation Medicine and is currently Chairman of the European Aviation Authorities’ Chief Medical Officers’ Forum.

Royal Aeronautical Society
22 March 2010