Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians
- Introduction and Background
- Medical History and Physical Examination
- Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment
- Hansen’s Disease
- Physical or Mental Disorders with Associated Harmful Behaviors and Substance-related Disorders
- Other Physical or Mental Abnormality, Disease, or Disability
- Communicable Diseases of Public Health Concern
New! Tuberculosis (TB) Medical Consultation Service for U.S. Panel Physicians who are currently using the Culture and DOT Technical Instructions for TB Screening and Treatment is now available online.
- On May 25, 2017, the 2014 Technical Instructions for Polio Vaccination section of the Vaccination TIs were modified to reflect recent guidance from WHO regarding Polio. For more information, please see the new Addendum to Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians for Vaccinations: Technical Instructions for Polio Vaccination for Applicants for U.S. Immigration.
- On January 13th, 2017, CDC published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article documenting a change in guidance for the assessment of poliovirus vaccination status of children who have received the poliovirus vaccine outside of the United States. The report states that documentation of poliovirus vaccination given outside of the United States is now valid only when documentation indicates receipt of either IPV or tOPV. This change applies only to those physicians assessing children within the United States and does not affect the validity of the panel physician examination. Panel physicians should continue to follow the Technical Instructions for Vaccination.
- The Technical Instructions have been updated regarding the scope of the medical examination for all applicants. For details, please see the Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Medical History and Physical Examination Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians.
- The Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases Technical Instructions were replaced with the Gonorrhea Technical Instructions. The Gonorrhea Technical Instructions are to be followed by panel physicians for gonorrhea screening and treatment as soon as possible and no later than October 1, 2016.
- As of March 28, 2016, chancroid, lymphogranuloma venerum, and granuloma inguinale are removed from the list of communicable diseases of public health significance. Therefore, evaluation for these three diseases is no longer required as part of the U.S. immigration medical screening process as of March 28, 2016. For additional information, please see Part 34 Final Rule issued on January 26, 2016.
- Updated Requirements for Panel Physicians to screen for severe acute respiratory syndromes based on Executive Order 13674 signed by the President of the United States on July 31, 2014.
- CDC has updated the 2010 Technical Instructions for Physical or Mental Disorders with Associated Harmful Behaviors and Substance-Related Disorders (MH TIs).
- All U.S. Panel Physician Sites Required to Use Digital Radiography for Chest Radiographs of Applicants for U.S. Immigration by October 1, 2014.
- April 2013 Update to the Technical Instructions for treatment of Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (chancroid, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale, and lymphogranuloma venereum). See more »
- Effective January 1, 2013, the 2013 Technical Instructions for Syphilis and Hansen’s Disease replace the 1991 Technical Instructions for these components. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions for the 2013 Technical Instructions for Syphilis and Hansen’s Disease.
- Guidance based on 2010 Recommendations for the Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
- On January 4, 2010, HIV infection was removed from the list of inadmissible conditions for immigration purposes and from the scope of the immigrant medical examination. See Guidance for HIV for Panel Physicians.
Designated Incident Technical Instructions
Information about the Technical Instructions for Designated Incidents is included in the Revision of 42 CFR Part 34 (Medical Examination of Aliens) Updated Screening for Communicable Diseases of Public Health Signifiance -Interim Final Rule (IFR) which was posted by HHS/CDC on October 6, 2008. Additional information regarding the IFR is available on the Laws and Regulations page.
Note: The IFR does not currently affect the required medical examination performed by civil surgeons. Civil surgeons should continue to follow the procedures as provided in the current Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons.
Addendum to Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians for Vaccinations: Technical Instructions for Polio Vaccination for Applicants for U.S. Immigration
The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee met in May 2014 regarding the international spread of wild polioviruses in 2014 and declared that the current conditions are a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
On May 25 2017, the 2014 Technical Instructions for Polio Vaccination section of the Vaccination TIs were modified to reflect recent guidance from WHO regarding Polio. For more information, please see the new Addendum to Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians for Vaccinations: Technical Instructions for Polio Vaccination for Applicants for U.S. Immigration.
- Page last reviewed: May 25, 2017
- Page last updated: May 25, 2017
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