DG Digest: FMCSA to extend compliance date for some provisions of Medical Examiner’s Certification for three years.

Believe it or not, it’s already the lead up week to the Independence Day holiday. We all know what that means—increased use of both legal and, unfortunately, some illegal fireworks by the general public. Be sure to remind your employees that they should behave extra safely around fireworks—after all, as DG professionals, we know what these explosive devices are really all about. It’s best to avoid them all together, but if they are used, they should be legal, handled only by responsible adults, used only in a safe area clear of other hazards and combustibles, and a water source should be readily available for duds, misfires, and to put out any spot fire that may occur. Make your holiday a safe one. Help your fellow employees to do so as well! It was kind of a typical week in the regulatory world; here’s the latest news:


The agency amended its regulations to extend the compliance date from June 22, 2021, to June 23, 2025, for several provisions of its April 23, 2015, Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule. FMCSA issued an interim final rule (IFR) on June 21, 2018, extending the compliance date for these provisions until June 22, 2021. FMCSA published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) on April 22, 2021, that proposed further extending the compliance date to June 23, 2025. This final rule will provide FMCSA time to complete certain information technology (IT) system development tasks for its National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) and to provide the State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) sufficient time to make the necessary IT programming changes when the new National Registry system is completed and available. This final rule is effective June 22, 2021. See it here.


The agency published a pair of ICR’s related to its ongoing program to ensure enhanced security at the nation’s chemical manufacturing plants. The collections in this case related to both the site infrastructures as well as personnel. See the ICR’s at the links below:




The agency published an ICR related to its regulations governing the treatment of work in confined spaces. See it here.

Transport Canada

Transport Canada (TC)’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate is introducing a modernized 30-Day Follow-Up Report Form, in addition to modernized container specification forms that are usually submitted along with the 30-Day Follow-Up Report Form. The forms were redesigned to improve the user experience and to help automate the data entry process once the completed forms arrive at TC. The amount and type of information collected via these forms have not changed.  While submitting a 30-Day Follow-Up Report to TC is a regulatory requirement outlined in Sections 8.6 and 8.11 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), the use of the reporting form and container specification forms will continue to remain voluntary. The forms, whose purpose is to help users meet reporting requirements outlined in Sections 8.7 and 8.12 of the TDGR, can be accessed via this portal.

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