Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on driving and visual disorders

An advisory panel working together with the DVLA providing expert advice with the aim of improving road safety.

Role of the advisory panel

The purpose of the advisory panels is to provide the Secretary of State for Transport, in practice the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), with expert advice with the aim of maintaining and improving road safety. This is reflected in the granting and renewal of driving licences within the framework of the minimum health standards set out in the Third EC Directive on Driving Licences (2006/126/EC). The panels, some of which have existed in their present form for 20 years or more, are advisory and have no legal powers.

Membership

  • Mr A Viswanathan, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Chair)

Members

  • Dr W Newman, Consultant Ophthalmologist
  • Dr T Eke, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
  • Professor A Lotery, Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Mr J Clarke, Consultant Ophthalmologist
  • Professor R Anderson, Academic Optometrist
  • Dr G Plant, Consultant Neuro-ophthalmologist

Lay members

  • Mr T E H Smart
  • Vacancy

Observers - representatives from the following organisations:

  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine, Dublin

DVLA

  • Dr N Jenkins, Interim Senior Doctor
  • Dr G Rees, Panel Secretary
  • Representative from Drivers Medical Policy
  • Representative from Driver Licensing Policy
  • Representative from Service Management Office

Members’ interests

Register of members' interests

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Agendas and minutes

When panel minutes are initially published on GOV.UK, they have been agreed by panel members as ‘draft minutes’, to be formally approved at the following meetings.

18 October 2018 agenda

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22 March 2018 minutes

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22 March 2018 agenda

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12 October 2017 minutes

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12 October 2017 agenda

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9 March 2017 minutes

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9 March 2017 agenda

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6 October 2016 minutes

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6 October 2016 agenda

17 March 2016 minutes

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17 March 2016 agenda

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15 October 2015 minutes

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15 October 2015 agenda

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26 March 2015 agenda

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26 March 2015 minutes

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9 October 2014 agenda

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9 October 2014 minutes

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27 March 2014 agenda

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27 March 2014 minutes

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10 October 2013 agenda

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10 October 2013 minutes

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14 March 2013 agenda

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14 March 2013 minutes

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11 October 2012 agenda

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11 October 2012 minutes

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Archived panel minutes

Archived panel minutes are available on The National Archives.

Panel updates

Important panel updates and changes to standards are on the following attachment.

Visual disorders panel updates

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Code of practice and terms of reference

Code of practice (including terms of reference)

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