Substance Use Disorders
Selected Other Agency Medical Guidelines
Canadian Railway Medical Rules Handbook:
The Canadian Railway Medical Rules Handbook has very comprehensive guidelines for return to safety-critical work following a diagnosis of a substance use disorder.17 Chapter 4.8 of this Handbook deals with substance use disorders.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)/Department of Transportation (DOT):
From MEDICAL EXAMINATION REPORT FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVER FITNESS DETERMINATION 649-F (6045):
See Conference on Neurological Disorders and Commercial Drivers and Conference on Psychiatric Disorders and Commercial Drivers at: (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rulesregs/medreports.htm)
“Alcoholism §391.41(b)(13) A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person: Has no current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism. The term ‘current clinical diagnosis of’ is specifically designed to encompass a current alcoholic illness or those instances where the individual’s physical condition has not fully stabilized, regardless of the time element. If an individual shows signs of having an alcohol-use problem, he or she should be referred to a specialist. After counseling and/or treatment, he or she may be considered for certification.”
An applicant with a history of substances of dependence/abuse (drugs or alcohol) must submit the following if consideration for medical certification is desired:
- A current status report from a physician certified in addictive disorders and familiar with aviation standards
- A personal statement attesting to the substance and amount, and date last used
- If attended a rehabilitation clinic/center, provide dates and copies of treatment plan
NOTE: The applicant may be required to submit additional information before medical disposition can be rendered.