CAA to Issue Medical Certificate for Insulin-Treated Diabetes

Pilots and air traffic controllers (ATCOs) with diabetes treated with insulin (and other medications that significantly lower blood glucose) may now be considered for medical certificates by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Until now, only a limited number of medications for the treatment of diabetes have been allowed for pilots and ATCOs applying for Class 1, 2 and 3 medical certificates.  However, recent advances in the treatment and monitoring of the disease have allowed control of the condition and the management of any complications.
The decision should allow more licensed pilots and ATCOs who suffer from diabetes to continue to undertake operational duties safely.
Individual diabetic applicants who are granted medical certificates under the new protocol will, however, be subject to a rigorous monitoring regime, including demonstrated stability of their condition, and regular blood sample self-testing during flight/duty.  This is to ensure that an individual does not begin a flight or shift with too high, or too low, a sugar level, and that a safe level is maintained.
Guidance information will shortly be issued by the CAA to pilots and ATCOs setting out the new procedures to follow.  This includes the application of operational restrictions and in-flight testing regimes.  (Image: DFS)