Physician Reporting of Potentially Impaired Drivers

Reaffirmed January 2017

Originally approved April 2011


The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes:

  • Reporting of potentially impaired drivers should be individualized to the patient’s clinical condition and the clear risk posed to the patient and public by continued driving; and
  • Physicians exercising good faith clinical judgments should have protection from liability for their reporting actions.

ACEP opposes mandatory reporting of entire classes of patients or diagnoses (e.g., epilepsy) unless compelling evidence exists for a public health benefit for such reporting.

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