The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Medical Review Board (MRB) will have a public meeting on Aug. 22-23, 2016, to address the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) issued by the FMCSA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on safety-sensitive rail and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The MRB will make recommendations to the FMCSA based on feedback received during the public comment period.
The MRB also will review its previously issued report on OSA from 2012 to determine whether the report should be updated based on any changes to medical standards and practice.
In March the FMCSA and FRA announced that the agencies were seeking public input on this issue. The ANPRM was the first step as both agencies consider whether to propose specific requirements. The AASM submitted a response to the FMCSA and FRA proposal, and AASM Past President Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, will attend the meeting and provide comments.