Maritime and Coastguard Agency


How to become a MCA approved doctor

Find out about MCA's recruitment process for approved doctors (ADs).

Last updated 21 May 2024



This guidance for doctors takes you through:

MCA's recruitment system has been established in agreement with maritime employers and seafarer's trade union organisations.

It aims to serve the seafarers working on UK vessels, and holding UK Certificates of Competency (CoCs).

MCA is currently recruiting for ADs

Criteria for appointment as an AD

The appointment of Approved Doctors to carry out ENG1 seafarer medical examinations is restricted to areas where a demand for at least 50 examinations in a year has been demonstrated.

The most suitable candidate is appointed based on qualifications, experience and location.

The full recruitment procedure is detailed in ' chapter 2 - the role of an approved doctor', in MCA's approved doctor's manual.

Here is the "MCA's approved doctor's manual."


The categories of ADs

General list doctors are:

Vacancies are advertised locally using the local CCG; MCA keeps a file on those who have expressed an interest in becoming an AD. You'll then be invited to apply to make sure of fair and open competition.

All the applications are reviewed by MCA's chief medical adviser.

Company doctors are:

Coral Sea Marina Resort

Apply to become an approved doctor

Download the application form to become an approved doctor,

then send your completed application to the address on the form.

Speculative applications (meaning those not part of a recruitment process started by MCA) will be notified if a specific vacancy comes up.

The chief medical adviser will review your application, then it'll be acknowledged by the medical administration team.

Roy Rentals Docks

MCA Medical Referee Appointment

Referee job description

Further information

Published 14 May 2014
Last updated 21 May 2024

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