FAA Protocol for Substance Abuse

Apr 2014

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at FlightPhysical.com from the 2014 AME Guide page 263, FAA and FDA web data (www.FAA.gov & www.FDA.gov), instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

FAA Protocol for Substances of Dependence/Abuse (Drugs and Alcohol)

The Examiner must defer issuance.

An applicant with a history of substances of dependence/abuse (drugs - 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.

For detailed information on the FAA workup requirements, see Substance Abuse Specifications for Evaluation.

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