July 3, 2020

On August 8, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration Withdrew an ANPRM on Qualifications of Drivers with Moderate to Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (49 CFR 391)

Conclusion: The Agencies believe that current safety programs and FRA’s rulemaking addressing fatigue risk management are the appropriate avenues to address OSA.  The FMCSA will consider an update to its January 2015 ‘‘Bulletin to Medical Examiners and Training Organizations Regarding Obstructive Sleep Apnea’’ regarding the physical qualifications standard and related advisory criteria concerning respiratory dysfunction, specifically how the standard applies to drivers who may have OSA. The Agency would use the updated August 2016 Medical Review Board1 recommendations as a basis for updating the bulletin.