One of the goals of the Medical Review Board (MRB) is to review the current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) physical qualification standards and provide science-based recommendations to modify or add standards, based on up-to-date research and medical practice. FMCSA recognizes that the current physical qualification standards published in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(1-13) do not fully address new medical treatments and recent innovations in medical science.
The MRB began operations in February 2006, with formal deliberations beginning in August 2006. The MRB meets quarterly each year.
As a separate initiative to gather evidence to support FMCSA's medical programs, the Agency also convenes Medical Expert Panels (MEPs). These independent panels provide scientific advice based on evidence reports developed from systematic reviews of the relevant medical literature. The MEPs provide both review of evidence and expert recommendations for FMCSA to consider when developing new and revised medical standards and guidelines for commercial motor vehicle drivers. Click here to access MEP reports.