The objective of the seafarer medical examination is to ascertain whether the examinee complies to the medical standards and is capable of performing his or her duties on board. The examination therefore not only focuses on the crew member’s personal safety, but also that of other persons on board and ships passing.
It is therefore essential that the examining physician has a thorough knowledge of the specific working conditions on board, in order to assess the safety risks involved accurately. The medical examiner uses the form Medical examination that is added to this page.
After certified fit, a medical certificate is issued to the seafarer. This English-language document includes the results of the general medical fitness as well as the visual and auditory outcomes. The validity is 2 years at the most.
The Dutch medical certificate may be submitted at the application for a Dutch endorsement or when embarking a ship registered in the Netherlands.
Approved doctors may examine seafarers
Only doctors, approved by the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management may issue the Dutch seafarers’ medical certificate.
Addresses are published on this website. Pdf software, for example Acrobat Reader (free), is required to view the files below.
Seafarer medical certificates issued by an EU-member state or by Australia, Canada, Iceland, India, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Ukraine, United Kingdom, South Africa and Switzerland may be submitted at the application for a Dutch endorsement as well or when embarking a ship registered in the Netherlands.
Declaration of medical unfitness
When the seafarer is found medically unfit, the examining physician uses the form Declaration of medical unfitness that is added to this page.
Manual Medical Examinations NSI 2020, including Medical fitness requirements
This manual (Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate) has to be used by all appointed and recognized doctors abroad and replaces all ...
Seafarer Medical Certificate (Specimen)
Specimen of the Seafarer medical certificate.
Form: Medical examination shipping crew - ILT.137E.06
The form Medical examination shipping crew is used by the medical examiner, in addition to more detailed examination, to ...
Declaration of medical unfitness (shipping)
Form declaration of medical unfitness for shipping crew. To be filled out by the medical examiner.
Addresses approved doctors The Netherlands
Addresses of approved doctors in the Netherlands. Approval by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate.
List of appointed examining doctors abroad
List of appointed examining doctors abroad.
Recently revoked appointed doctors
List of recently revoked appointed doctors for the medical examination of seafarers.
Recognized doctors HAL personnel
List of recognized doctors only for non-STCW HAL personnel.