Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners
Pharmaceuticals (Therapeutic Medications)
Diabetes Mellitus - Insulin Treated
Medical History: Item 18.k., Diabetes.
- Code of Federal Regulations
The applicant should describe the condition to include, symptoms and treatment. Comment on the presence or absence of hyperglycemic and/or hypoglycemic episodes. A medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus requiring insulin or other hypoglycemic drugs for control are disqualifying. The Examiner can help expedite the FAA review by assisting the applicant in gathering medical records and submitting a current specialty report.
Aeromedical Decision Considerations: See Item 48, General Systemic Aerospace Medical Disposition table.
The FAA has established a policy that permits the special issuance medical certification of insulin treated applicants for third class medical certification only. Consideration will be given only to those individuals who have been clinically stable on their current treatment regimen for a period of 6-months or more.
Protocol: See Diabetes Mellitus Type I or Type II - Insulin treated
- Insulin pumps are an acceptable form of treatment.
- Combination of insulin with beta-bockers is not permitted.
- Combination of insulin with other anti-diabetes medication(s): not all combinations of DM medications are allowed by the FAA, even if each medication within the combination is acceptable as monotherapy. Contact Regional Flight Surgeon's office or AMCD.