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Norwegian seafarer's doctors

All seafarers on board Norwegian vessels are required to provide a Norwegian medical certificate when signing on to ensure that the employee is medically fit for service. Such medical certificates may only be issued by an especially appointed seafarer’s doctor.

Medical practitioners with practice outside of Norway are approved as seafarer's doctors by a Norwegian foreign service mission on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). Approval as seafarer's doctors is granted for a period of one to five years.

The approval may be withdrawn if it is likely that the medical practitioner no longer satisfies the conditions for approval or that the medical practitioner's administrative procedure is not in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations or the Public Administration Act.