Remote Examinations Update v7.0
Published: 6 April 2022
As users will be aware, the ban on remote examinations was suspended as part of MedCo’s response to Covid-19. In light of the government’s lifting of all remaining
restrictions, MedCo has now decided that the suspension will be stopped and the ban reinstated. The suspension will no longer apply to examinations that take place on or after 1 July 2022.
MedCo is aware that for a small group of claimants’ remote examinations may still be required as a result of Covid-19. Therefore, MedCo has decided that in circumstances where the claimant remains vulnerable due to Covid-19, they may, in those limited circumstances, have a remote examination.
Experts are required, if carrying out a remote examination because the claimant is vulnerable due to Covid-19, to record in their report the nature of the claimant’s vulnerability and why that has resulted in the examination being carried out remotely.
This revised guidance (version 7), which now only applies where the claimant has an ongoing Covid-19 related vulnerability, will be kept under review.
**Please note that the version 6 of the Remote Examination guidelines continue to apply for consultations that take place on or before 30 June 2022**