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IMO STCW 2010 Regulations - Mandatory Minimum Requirements Related to Medical First Aid and Medical Care

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STCW Code Section A-VI/4 Chapter VI (STCW 2010 Resolution 2)

Mandatory Minimum Requirements Related to Medical First Aid and Medical Care

Standard of competence for seafarers designated to provide medical first aid on board ship



  1. Every seafarer who is designated to provide medical first aid on board ship shall be required to demonstrate the competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed in column 1 of table A-VI/4-1.
  2. The level of knowledge of the subjects listed in column 2 of table A-VI/4-1 shall be sufficient to enable the designated seafarer to take immediate effective action in the case of accidents or illness likely to occur on board ship*.
  3. Every candidate for certification under the provisions of regulation VI/4, paragraph 1 shall be required to provide evidence that the required standard of competence has been achieved in accordance with the methods for demonstrating competence and the criteria for evaluating competence tabulated in columns 3 and 4 of table A-VI/4-1.

Standard of competence for seafarers designated to take charge of medical care on board ship

  1. Every seafarer who is designated to take charge of medical care on board ship shall be required to demonstrate the competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed in column 1 of table A-VI/4-2.
  2. The level of knowledge of the subjects listed in column 2 of table A-VI/4-2 shall be sufficient to enable the designated seafarer to take immediate effective action in the case of accidents or illness likely to occur on board ship*.
  3. Every candidate for certification under the provisions of regulation VI/4, paragraph 2 shall be required to provide evidence that the required standard of competence has been achieved in accordance with the methods for demonstrating competence and the criteria for evaluating competence tabulated in columns 3 and 4 of table A-VI/4-2.

*The relevant IMO Model Course(s) may be of assistance in the preparation of courses. 


STCW Tables for VI/4


STCW Table A-VI/4-1 of Chapter VI (STCW 2010 Resolution 2)

Specification of minimum standard of competence in medical first aid

STCW Table A-VI/4-1 PDF

STCW Table A-VI/4-2 of Chapter VI (STCW 2010 Resolution 2)

Specification of minimum standard of competence in medical care

STCW Table A-VI/4-2 PDF


STCW Section B-VI/4 of Chapter VI (STCW 2010)

Guidance regarding requirements in medical first aid and medical care

Training programmes for seafarers designated to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed in column 1 of table A-VI/4-1 to provide medical first aid on board ship should take into account guidance in the revised International Medical Guide for Ships, as appropriate.


MUST READ:

STCW Regulation VI/4

STCW Regulation VI/4 of Chapter VI (STCW 2010 Resolution 1)

Mandatory Minimum Requirements Related to Medical First Aid and Medical Care

  1. Seafarers designated to provide medical first aid on board ship shall meet the standard of competence in medical first aid specified in section A-VI/4, paragraphs 1 to 3 of the STCW Code.
  2. Seafarers designated to take charge of medical care on board ship shall meet the standard of competence in medical care on board ships specified in section A-VI/4, paragraphs 4 to 6 of the STCW Code.
  3. Where training in medical first aid or medical care is not included in the qualifications for the certificate to be issued, a certificate of proficiency shall be issued indicating that the holder has attended a course of training in medical first aid or in medical care.

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LAST UPDATED ON Mar 15, 2019

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