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The U.S. Coast Guard has extended the period for public comments on its draft merchant mariner medical manual until Feb. 13.

The manual is intended to help doctors, the maritime industry, mariners and Coast Guard personnel evaluate applicants’ “physical and medical status in meeting the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate,” the agency stated.

The draft includes guidance on application procedures, as well as issuance and cancellation of the medical certificate.

“The Coast Guard requests public comment on the draft medical manual, with emphasis on its readability, clarity and ease of use,” the agency said. “We welcome suggestions on how the manual can be improved.”

For information, contact Adrienne Buggs, M.D., USCG, Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing, at 202-372-2357 or by e-mail to MMCPolicy@uscg.mil.

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