In the airline industry, health-related issues concerning passengers or crew are crucial in most activities: aircraft operations, passenger transport, cargo, etc. They cover matters as diverse as duty time limitation, transmission of communicable diseases, and disinfection.
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IATA's Medical Advisory Role
IATA has set up a structure to contribute to an efficient and cost effective approach to handling medical issues in the airline industry.
In addition to the expertise of IATA's Medical Advisor, IATA has formed a Medical Advisory Group bringing together airline medical experts from around the globe. A major part of their role is to provide advice to the industry and other stakeholders on a wide range of medical issues, such as those covered in the IATA Medical Manual.
- Download the IATA Passenger Locator Form
Guidelines on Health & Safety Issues
A series of guidelines have been developed by IATA's Medical Advisory Group, addressing general medical issues and aviation and communicable diseases. The guidelines are meant to help airlines address emergency public health issues, particularly in the case of suspected communicable diseases. When appropriate and relevant, they have been reviewed and welcomed by WHO.
- Ground Air Pollution Health and Safety Guide (pdf)
- Guidelines - food poisoning on board (pdf)
- WHO Guide on Hygiene and Sanitation in Aviation (pdf)
- Publlic Health Emergencies/BCP (pdf)
- Passengers emitting radiation (pdf)
- Passive passenger screening for passenger agents (pdf)
- Request form for passenger contact tracing (pdf)
- Medical incident report form (pdf)
- International transport of human remains (pdf)
- Thermometers on board (pdf)
- Oxygen delivery system for passengers (pdf)
- Cabin crew with insulin-treated diabetes (pdf)
- Cabin crew with seizure disorders (pdf)
- Medical Response to Cabin Air Quality Events (pdf)
- FAQ - Cabin Air Quality Event (pdf)
- Handling a death on board (pdf)
Guidance for the item below has been incorporated into the Cabin Operations Safety Best Practices Guide 4th Edition. A complimentary copy is sent directly to Safety representatives of all IATA member airlines. Non member airlines, other organizations and individuals can obtain a copy from the IATA online store.
- Managing medical emergencies
Passenger Contact Tracing
IATA has developed a position on the controversial issue of passenger contact tracing (pdf) to recommend a specific approach to countries contemplating contact tracing.
Recommendations for allergen-sensitive passengers (pdf) helps passengers minimize the risk of an allergic reaction on board an aircraft.