Can I use a chiropractor for the BasicMed exam?

Recently, I had a few inquiries about whether a chiropractor can perform the physical exam and complete the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist form required for BasicMed.  The FAA answered this question in their FAQs on BasicMed which was published in May 2017. The answer is yes as long as the chiropractor holds a license as a physician issued by any state, territory, or possession.  Here is the full question and answer.

Q41: I don’t have a doctor who is a M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy). I do use a chiropractor physician and a naturopathic physician. Can I use them?

A: The FAA relies on the determination of each state (as well as each territory and possession of the United States) as to which persons it will license as physicians. If the person holds a license as a physician issued by any state, territory, or possession, then he or she meets the requirement as a state-licensed physician. However, the FAA recommends that you check with the medical licensing board or authority in your state for clarification as to whether other classes of “state-licensed physicians” are felt to have the privileges, training and experience to conduct all portions of the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist (CMEC).

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