STCW compliant medical certificates – changes of format - SSB No.: 01/2017

RDIMS No .: 12423020
Date (Y-M-D) : 2017-01-11


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On January 1, 2017, new requirements related to the format of Marine Medical Certificates came into force, in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), Manila amendments.

Transport Canada (TC) has sent out new Marine Medical Certificates to Seafarers who are currently in possession of a valid certificate. These new certificates meet the STCW requirements.

This issue is important to those seafarers who work internationally. We encourage any seafarers who work internationally, who have not received the new format certificate by early January 2017, to contact TC through the toll free number at 1-866-577-7702 or email general inquiry at Please note the word « medicine » is spelled DI for the 1st word and DE for the 2nd.


1. Marine medicine
2. Medical certificate

Questions concerning this Bulletin should be addressed to:

Jonathan Wolfenden
Transport Canada
Marine Safety and Security
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8

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