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Medical exam: are they looking for drugs?

Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:27

Hi,
If I have a job for the EU, I have to go to Brussel for the medical exam. are they looking for drugs like THC with the blood or urine test?

thanks.

auga Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:54

Needles/blood tests terrify me. I am curious (concerned) about the rest of the exam - just how invasive is it? I've never had a medical before. Is there anyone here who has done one for the EU institutions and can set out what typically happens?

vissyvalerie Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:47

augaNeedles/blood tests terrify me. I am curious (concerned) about the rest of the exam - just how invasive is it? I've never had a medical before. Is there anyone here who has done one for the EU institutions and can set out what typically happens?

Can you add your own topic please?

auga Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:00

Nope. More efficient that way. We're both wanting to know more about what happens in the tests.

Michael J. Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:24

vissyvalerie, are you concerned about the fact of invasion to your body or if drugs may be found? :)

Online EU Training Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:44

The medical exam is necessary to esablish two things: 1) you are physically able to perform the duties you were (or about to be) hired for and 2) make a baseline medical file for your health insurance, ie all future reimbursements and medical issues will be related to your medical condition as screened by the medical service (given that it's the PMO of the Commission and similar services of other institutions that will handle your claims for reimbursement, ie health insurance is an integral part of your benefits as an EU official). One piece of advice: don't eat a greasy ham&eggs the night before your medical check, and try not to shoot up either :-) Good luck!

vvalerie Sun, 08/02/2015 - 16:20

Michael J.vissyvalerie, are you concerned about the fact of invasion to your body or if drugs may be found? :)

I am! I'm living in a country where taking cannabis is allowed, I take medicinal cannabis for my health and I will have to go to another country with a different way to see that, so, that's why I'm concerned about that and worried about the test result if the medical exam look for cannabis.

Michael J. Sun, 08/02/2015 - 19:43

Well in that case, please read this: Since July 2001, Belgium has permitted the use of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for glaucoma, MS-related spasticity, AIDS and chronic pain by those in possession of a valid prescription from a registered doctor. So I guess if you have a valid prescription from a real doctor - you should be ok.

JaGyGy Mon, 08/03/2015 - 08:28

If you have a chronic health condition for which your doctor has prescribed medicinal cannabis, I would be more concerned on whether you are going to pass the medical in the first place.

Nico Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:51

Don't worry, they don't do specific blood tests for drugs.

Please, I thank you for your

ludo.lorcher789_92799 Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:03

Please, I thank you for your answer.  

I am in the process to have a job at European Commission, but 1 year ago, I had a cardiac problem.  It was solved with 2 coronary stents placed.  I have a treatment against LDL cholesterol, as well, I lost weight, cardio tonic sport...  Based on last check ups, Dr. told me that I am in perfect condition - but for sure the ECG shows kind of cardiological scare.

Do you think it woul affect the process ?

Thank a lot