Approved medical guides


Which ships are required to have a medical guide?

There must be a medical guide approved by the Danish Maritime Authority on board the following ships:

  • Ships that are required to have medicaments and medical equipment of category A.
    That means:
    Ships used for voyages or fishing on the seas and capable of engaging in overseas trade. Passenger ships permitted to carry more than 100 passengers engaged in voyages of more than fours' duration at sea.
  • Ships that are required to have medicaments and medical equipment on board of category B.
    That means:
    Ships engaged on voyages off the coasts of the EU countries and Norway at a distance of less than 150 nautical miles from the nearest port which has the necessary medical equipment.
  • Ships that are required to have medicaments and medical equipment of category C with supplementary type P.
    That means:
    Passenger ships engaged on voyages in sea area A1 at a distance of not more than 250 nautical miles from the coasts of the EU/EEA countries that are permitted to carry more than 100 passengers and are engaged on voyages of more than half an hour's duration at sea.

Is the medical guide required to be in English or Danish?

On board ships where there are seafarers on board who do not speak Danish, an English medical guide must be available.

Which medical guides have been approved?

  • Medical Guide for Seafarers, 2016, Seahealth Denmark
  • Medical Guide of the Danish Maritime Authority, 1996, Iver C. Weilbach & Co. A/S

Is it also possible to use other medical guides?

The use of other medical guides will require approval. Applications for approval can be submitted to the Danish Maritime Authority in connection with publication and sale for Danish ships, but the Danish Maritime Authority can also - in connection with the transfer of ships to the Danish flag - approve a medical guide that it is requested to use on board one or more specific ships. The following criteria must be met in order for a medical guide to be approved:

  • The medical guide must contain a description of the medical care in accordance with current international standards and guidelines (IMO/WHO), including what is professionally covered by the WHO's International medical guide for ships: including the ship's medicine chest.
  • The medical guide must contain guidelines for the most common clinical procedures and first aid in accordance with actual practice at the Danish courses for persons in charge of medical care.
  • The medical guide must contain guidelines for the use of Radio Medical, the use of RM records and a description of the role of the person in charge of medical care. Guidelines and descriptions must be in accordance with actual practice at Radio Medical Denmark.
  • The medical guide must be based on and refer to the actual contents of the medicaments and medical equipment that is required to be on board Danish ships.
  • The medical guide must be in both Danish and English.

The publisher of the medical guide must have a process for ensuring that the medical guide is continuously updated as regards medical practice and that the references to the medicine chest and the RM records are updated.

Would you like to know more about medical care on board, etc?

The provisions on medical care, medical guides, etc. are available from Notice A from the Danish Maritime Authority, chapter IX, part B, regulation 2(4), cf. order no. 1246 of 11 December 2009, as amended.

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