PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY CIRCULAR FOR MEDICAL CERTIFICATIONS MODELS AND STANDARDS
Certifications of Seafarers.
The Medical Certification of Seafarers is a mandatory document that shall be submitted by seafarers
when applying for a Certificate of Competency (title, countersign, endorsement).
The Panama Maritime Authority has issued a circular to make some clarifications regarding the
issuance and format of medical Certificates for seafarers.
Among the requirements is that a medical certificate issued for seafarers shall be valid for a maximum
period of two (2) years and a certification of color vision shall have maximum validity six (6) years.
For all the requirements of medical certificates please refer to Panama Maritime Authority Circular as
All owner / operators that there ship fly the Republic of Panama flag shall act accordingly to assure that
seafarers Medical Certificates comply with these requirements.
PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY
MERCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC-261
To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal Representatives
of Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant Marine Consulates
and Recognized Organizations (ROs).
Subject: Medical Certifications Models and Standards
Reference: STCW 78 Convention as amended and Circular N° DGGM-DALM-009-2012.
1. The purpose of the current Circular is to inform users of the Panamanian Registry about the Medical
Certifications of Seafarers which is a mandatory document that must be submitted by seafarers when
they apply for a Certificate of Competency (title, countersign, endorsement).
2. Given the international nature lining the issuance and presentation of medical Certificates for seafarers
and the format in which it shall be stated, it is necessary to make the following clarifications:
1. Medical Certifications of Seafarers to be issued by the Republic of Panama must be provided by
qualified medical personnel and recognized by the Panama Maritime Authority in the official
format adopted for this purpose in accordance with the requirements in Rule I/9 Section A-I/9 of
the STCW 78 Convention as amended.
2. Medical Certifications issued abroad, must be provided by qualified medical personnel and
recognized by their respective Administrations in the formats that for such purpose are authorized
by those Administrations in compliance with the requirements of Rule I/9, Section A-I/9 of the
STCW 78 as amended.
3. Medical Certification format authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority can only be used by the
medical personnel qualified in the Republic of Panama.
4. It is necessary to indicate that at the moment of receiving the medical certification of seafarers, it
shall be considered that the formats of foreign medical certification vary from Administration to
Administration. Nevertheless, the Certificates must be issued by medical personnel qualified by
their respective Administrations.
5. Records or lists of medical personnel recognized to perform recognitions to seafarers and issue
Medical Certificates must be made available to third States, companies and interested seafarers,
by each Administration, in compliance with Section A-I/9, point 4 of the STCW 78 Convention as
6. It must be ensured that these records or lists can be requested through consulates, and have
them available at the Regional Offices when evaluating the medical Certificates submitted by the
7. Likewise, it is expected that each Administration shall adopt its own official format of the medical
Certificate, however, in case of not having an official format, the medical Certificates at least must
include the information required in Section A-I/9, number 7 of the STCW 78 Convention as
amended, as follows:
A) Competent authority
B) Seafarer Information
B.2) Date of Birth
C) Declaration of the recognized medical practitioner
D) Details of issuing authority
D.1) Official Stamp of the issuing authority
D.2) Signature of the authorized person
E) Seafarer´s Signature
8. Unless a shorter period is required by reason of the specific duties to be performed by the
seafarer concerned or is required under STCW:
(a) A medical certificate shall be valid for a maximum period of two years
(b) A certification of colour vision shall be valid for a maximum period of six years.
9. Medical Certificates can be issued on the official language of the issuing country. If the used
language is not English, the text must have an English translation, based on Section A-I/9,
number 8 of the STCW 78 Convention as amended.
Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:
Directorate General of Merchant Marine
Panama Maritime Authority
Phone: (507) 501-5033
Fax: (507) 501-5083
firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com