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Symbiotics develop in-house solution to support compliance with DGCA Medical Circular

Kirsty Lane | 07.06.23

The Government of India through the regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has issued a medical circular effective from May 31st, 2023, for "mental health promotion of flight crew and Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs)". The aim is for aviation organisations to be more aware of mental health issues within aviation and increasing mental health awareness in the form of early recognition, reporting and its management.

Symbiotics, the provider of ADAPT Pilot Psychological Assessments, has developed a solution with their in-house team of Occupational and Aviation Psychologists, that has been well-received by their Indian clients as an acceptable solution.

In addition to offering established tests such as the ADAPT Personality Questionnaire, Cognitive Reasoning, Crew Resource Management, and their multitasking workload management test, FAST, the specific recommendations of the medical circular have been directly addressed. Expanding on the ADAPT Control and Co-ordination (Ball Game) Test, the solution assesses hand-foot-eye co-ordination through the addition of a PC foot pedal flight controller.

Symbiotics can work with airlines, ATOs and related aviation organisations to support their assessment activities and compliance with Section 4.3: Psychological Assessment. Offering a modular assessment approach, Symbiotics allow you to use their solution wholly or in addition to your existing assessment processes. Symbiotics solutions are overseen and supported by their team of registered Occupational and Aviation Psychologists who are internationally recognised.

Symbiotics' Technical Director, Richard Brecknell says

Symbiotics has a long track record of delivering psychological assessments to the aviation market and providing specific solutions compliant to EASA regulations in recent years. With the new DGCA medical circular, we are delighted that this brings similar focus to the issues of mental health and highlights the benefits of psychological assessment, and, with the support of existing airline and ATO clients in India, our products and services have been configured to provide a solution that has been well-received.

Find out more about how Symbiotics's solution and how they can support you in becoming DGCA compliant.