ASN Safety Bulletin #32 FIA Safety and Medical Regulations
14 Sep 2023 > Safety Bulletin
As part of the FIA’s ongoing mission to improve safety in our sport, updates are regularly required to Safety and Medical Regulations. To ensure that motor sport stakeholders are kept informed of new Safety and Medical Regulations all amendments are publicised well in advance, with changes being published i) at the end of the Appendices to the International Sporting Code (ISC), or ii) included in the relevant technical regulations.
All changes are published immediately following their approval by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), on the FIA website at fia.com.
We appreciate that these updates can sometimes go unnoticed for some motor sport stakeholders, thus the Safety Department has decided to release this ASN Safety Bulletin, highlighting some of the important updates which will be introduced for 2024 regarding international driver's licence requirements, and competitor and vehicle safety equipment.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and further updates may be published before December 2023, if approved by the WMSC. Therefore, we recommend that motor sport stakeholders be on the lookout for updates, which can be published following the World Motor Sport Council meetings in October and December. Any updates will be published at the earliest opportunity on fia.com.
Chapter II “Regulations for the Medical Examination of Drivers” of Appendix L to the International Sporting Code – Last update 20.06.2023
- Article 1 Annual medical visit for aptitude
The medical visit can no longer be carried out in a country other than the one issuing the licence.
Chapter III “Drivers’ Equipment” of Appendix L to the International Sporting Code – Last update 20.06.2023
- Article 1.1 “Recognised Helmet Standards to be used with Frontal Hear Restraint system (FHR)” and Article 3.2 “Conditions of use”
FIA Helmet Standards 8858-2002 and 8858-2010 are no longer recognised by the FIA for use as driver safety equipment. All references to the standards and technical lists were removed from all FIA regulations.
- Article 2 “Flame-resistant clothing”
Mandatory implementation of FIA Standard 8856-2018 for the following championships:
- Formula (3) Regional
- FIA European Rallycross Championship, for all drivers
- FIA European Rally Championship
- FIA World Rally Championship, for all drivers
Drivers and co-drivers who wish to wear personal underwear in addition to the mandatory clothing for an event governed by the International Sporting Code must wear FIA-approved personal underwear. In case of justified medical reasons, non FIA-approved underwear may be worn between the driver’s skin and the compulsory FIA-approved underwear. However, the use of synthetic, non-flameproof materials in contact with the driver’s skin is not authorized as this may reduce driver’s safety
- SUPPLEMENT 1
A new championship was added to the Super Licence table of points:
“GB3 Championship partnered by the BRDC”
Technical List N°25 – Recognised Standards for Helmets
The technical list n°25 was updated to be in accordance with appendix L Chapter III, Article 1.1.
All Helmets certified for FIA Standard 8858-2002 and 8858-2010, as well as, all Helmets certified for Snell Standard SA2010, SAH2010 and SA2015 will be no longer recognized by the FIA.
Article 7: Driver Safety Equipment in the Karting Technical Regulations
- Articles 7.3 “Gloves”
For FIA Karting Championships, Cups and Trophies, gloves must comply with FIA Standard 8877-2022.
For all Karting competitions on the FIA International Sporting Calendar, gloves must completely cover the hands and wrists, or be in compliance with with FIA Standard 8877-2022.
- Articles 7.4 “Shoes”
For FIA Karting Championships, Cups and Trophies, shoes must comply with FIA Standard 8877-2022.
For all Karting competitions on the FIA International Sporting Calendar, shoes must completely cover the feet and protect the ankles, or be in compliance with FIA Standard 8877-2022.
Vehicle Safety Equipment
- Restraint Cables in compliance with FIA Standard 8864-2022
From 1.1.2024, the below categories must use restraint cables in compliance with FIA Standard 8864-2022:
- Formula 1
- Formula 2, linked to their use in the new generation of F2 cars homologation in 2024
- Plumbed-in fire suppression system for open cockpit cars Standard Update in compliance with FIA Standard 8876-2022
- Formula 2, linked to use in the new generation of F2 cars homologation in 2024
- Formula 4, Optional.
You can download the latest version of the appendices to the International Sporting Code HERE.
We encourage you to share this information with your technical delegates, scrutineers and competitors. To assist you, below you will find a post for your social media channels (along with this image) so that your motor sport communities are aware of this important information. To explore more on this topic and to stay updated with the latest advancements, visit the Safety News section on the FIA website where you can access all the previous bulletins.
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