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FMCSA Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

Last week, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice to withdraw the March 2016 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea. FMCSA stated "current safety programs... are the appropriate avenues to address OSA" and will consider an update to its January 2015 "Bulletin to Medical Examiners and Training Organizations Regarding Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

ATA has been invested in shaping the regulatory process on OSA to ensure that a rule, if promulgated, is based on sound data and analysis, including potential costs and benefits, and that it provides motor carriers with the flexibility to choose the most appropriate screening, testing and treatment options available. ATA supports the administration taking the time to "get it right" and work with industry stakeholders to create a sound rule, if needed, in the future.

Information via ATA/TAEC

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