FMCSA Defending Medical Examiners Database from Cyber Hack

FMCSA emphatically concluded that no personal information in the database was exposed. ( Stock image )

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a statement on April 20 that their National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) website was the victim of an attempted cyberattack. Fortunately, FMCSA emphatically concluded that no personal information in the database was exposed.

Currently, there are several key features available on the National Registry. As of April 6, 2018, healthcare professionals wishing to become a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry are able to register. FMCSA previously released a static look-up function allowing both State Driver's Licensing Agencies (SDLA) and employers to check the validity of medical cards. Additionally, in February 2018, FCMSA corrected erroneous email notifications that were sent to certain medical examiners incorrectly stating that they would be removed based on out-of-date information.

There are more than 58,000 certified medical examiners on the National Registry that can continue to perform medical exams on commercial truck and bus drivers. These certified medical examiners can continue conducting physical qualification examinations and issue a paper Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876 to qualified drivers. Medical examiners should segregate all examinations completed while the functionality was offline and be prepared to upload them to the National Registry system when it is fully available, without penalties.

FMCSA and USDOT will continue to work to address these issues as the website is brought fully back online.

For updates and status, visit the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website here.

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