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Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification

Applicant History - Item 18. Medical History
p. Suicide attempt

A history of suicidal attempts or suicidal gestures requires further evaluation. The ultimate decision of whether an applicant with such a history is eligible for medical certification rests with the FAA. The Examiner should take a supplemental history as indicated, assist in the gathering of medical records related to the incident(s), and, if the applicant agrees, assist in obtaining psychiatric and/or psychological examinations. (See Item 47).

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