Dr Michel Lauzel

NMA Approved Doctor in Antibes

The Seafarer’s Medical Certificate  –  for Crew ENG1

ENG1 equivalent certificates, renewed by Approved Doctor in Antibes.ENG1

Can I get an appointment today?

You can book online and get an appointment to suit your working schedule.
If we see that we are fully booked we may be able to open up additional slots.

Covid Compliancy.
We can come onboard and vaccinate your crew. Call and ask for Rachael

Is this a valid certificate?

Yes. Our doctor is approved by the The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). The Seafarer Medical Certificate issued by the NMA is based on the STCW and MLC Conventions.  The MCA and NMA have a mutual agreement to recognise each others’ medical certificates.

A typical medical exam might go as follows:


The doctor  will ask for a urine sample and will test kidney function and blood sugar with this.

The doctor will ask you about your current and past medical conditions.

Your height and weight will be measured and recorded.

A vision and colour eye test will be conducted. 

He will perform a standard hearing test.

The doctor may refer you a specialist or consultant to conduct further tests before  your certificate is issued.

Please avoid exposure to loud noise for 16 hours before attending your medical

Bring photo ID for example your passport

If you have previously had an ENG 1 or equivalent Seafarer Medical please bring this with you

Do not wear contact lenses on the day of your examination

Please bring details of any medication, letters or discharge notes issued since last medical.

You are advised to visit a dentist if you have not done so in the last 12 months

Who needs a Medical Certificate?

The medical exam is set to establish whether or not anyone working on a seagoing vessel, such as a private or charter yacht, has any medical conditions that might cause him or her to be unable to perform certain duties at sea.

 For obvious safety reasons, insurance companies require that yachts comply with safe manning requirements in order for the yacht to be insured. This means that all crew must be fully  STCW compliant and to obtain an STCW certificate you will have to have completed a Seafarers Medical exam.

In short, to obtain work on a yacht, you will have had to pass your Seafarer’s Medical at some stage.

While it isn’t a requirement for actual crew training, it is a good idea to do the medical before you start training in order to identify any of these medical conditions that could prevent you from working in the yachting industry. You wouldn’t want to spend money on sailing courses only to fail the medical afterwards.

How much does it cost?

The Medical Certificate costs 140€

 Usually a certificate without restrictions is valid for 2 years.
If you lose your certificate we can easily re-issue you another one. 

You can pay by cash or cheque or bank transfer

A receipt will be given.

IMO Certificate Compliance

This certificate is accepted as a valid certificate by the MCA

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Can you do DRUG testing?

Yes. This is NOT part of the Seafarer Medical Exam. We can test for amphetamines, cocaine, ketamine, metamphetamine, cannabis, heroin, methadone, opiate & benzodiazepines

We test in our clinic or onboard. The tests used are tests that are used in many hospitals and medical centres worldwide. They comply with CE (European Community) and FDA (United States) rules and regulations.

Stage one, A 5 minute urine dip test/screening.
Stage two, Any positive result shown can be properly packaged using a strict chain of custody procedure and then sent to the laboratory at Centre Hospitalier d’Antibes Juan-les-Pins  for independent testing. Results will be categorically negative or positive.

Who will certify me?

Dr Michel Lauzel carries out all the examinations, he is an approved doctor for the Seafarer’s Medical Certificate.
He is bilingual, english/french and although born in France, is a UK national.

Where to find us                                                                           

Antibes Clinic

Antibes Clinic

4 rue Vauban , Antibes

Monaco Clinic

Beausoleil / Monaco Clinic

11b Ave Generale de Gaulle, Beausoleil

Please note we do not offer sexual health testing or contraception  services in the clinic, but…


..here is the information you need.

There is a free drop in service in Antibes for all sexual health testing, plus emergency contraception. So if you do need to use these services the address is
CeGIDD, 2067 chemin de Saint Claude, Proxima Batiment B, 3rd floor, Antibes.
They are only open 2 days a week. Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3.30pm. phone number is 04 89 04 35 69 but you don’t need to make an appointment.
If you are in Nice or Monaco (Menton);https://www.departement06.fr/depistages/cegidd-06-11096.html


Ladies, please call us if you need advice on where to go to get your gynecological testing done. We know english speaking clinics who will look after you.