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FMCSA changed its mind and said it was withdrawing the proposed regulatory guidance for obstructive sleep apnea and request for comment that it announced on Friday, April 20.

In an announcement made on Friday, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that they were proposing tougher standards for sleep apnea evaluation by adopting the recommendations of two advisory panels, one from the medical community and one representing industry, enforcement, labor and safety advocacy interests, for how medical examiners should evaluate the condition.

The panels said the agency should tell medical examiners that drivers with a body mass index of 35 or more must be evaluated for sleep apnea. In a Federal Register notice posted Friday, the agency asked for comments on this and a number of additional recommendations concerning apnea screening, evaluation and treatment.

However, the FMCSA later withdrew the proposal stating:

“The agency is still in the process of carefully reviewing the recommendations submitted by the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board. The initial publication was a clerical error. We anticipate requesting public comment on the recommendations later this year.”

Source:  Trucking Info

Posted by Houston truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP

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