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The CMETE receives for consultation :

  • either the employees of CMETE member companies, in some cases accompanied by their family;
  • or individuals/members of the public.

These appointments fulfil two objectives :

  • medical, which is to screen for conditions likely to disrupt one’s journey abroad and to inform those consulting about the possible health risks and ways of protecting oneself from these. To screen for any illnesses potentially contracted while living abroad as an expatriate.
  • administrative, which is to issue the various medical administrative documents necessary to travelling abroad as an expatriate.

These appointments are not covered by the French health and medical insurance system, but by the companies that send their colleagues abroad.

Preparing for one's appointment

Making an appointment

  • Appointments can be made (via telephone, fax or email) either by the member companies, or by the individuals concerned with the approval of their company, which will provide them, if it is a member of the CMETE, with the company’s membership number.
  • During the low season (October to May), waiting times are short. During the high season (June to September), the appointment should be made well in advance.
  • Ideally, and in particular so that the vaccinations can be administered under good conditions, you should plan to consult 1 month before your departure.


  • The appointment should be attended, if the company employing you is a member, with the form from your company accepting responsibility for payment, in order to avoid being billed for the checkup yourself.
  • It is worth remembering to have with you the documents required by your company (Med-track, specific forms, etc.)
  • Depending on the requirements of the host country, ensure that you have with you a passport photograph for the visa application.
  • Ensure that you have your medical documents with you: medical file, vaccination record and all documents relating to your follow-up.
  • Because blood samples are normally taken, ensure that you have been fasting for four hours before the time of the appointment. This does not apply to children less than 10 years of age.
  • In order to save time during the appointment, you may download the medical form that will be provided to you at the reception. This form needs to be completed before seeing the doctor, who will ask for it during the interview.

The medical appointment

The examinations performed during the appointment will vary according to the situation. In general, the appointment will include :

  • A medical consultation;
  • Taking samples for laboratory tests (blood samples, urine analysis, in some cases a stool sample)
  • An electrocardiogram (ECG);
  • A thoracic X-ray;
  • If required: an audiogram, a respiratory function test, a “visiotest” eyesight examination, an echocardiogram;
  • Other additional examinations may be required: stress test, mammography, panoramic dental X-ray. The CMETE can organize these within a short period of time;
  • Vaccination update;
  • Medical advice relating to travelling abroad.

The duration of the appointment is roughly two hours.

At the end of the appointment

A detailed medical report accompanied by a letter of explanation will be sent to you directly. The determination of medical fitness is sent to the member company concerned.

All documents containing medical administrative information (certificates, visa application forms) will be sent to you directly in order to maintain confidentiality. It is up to you to make appropriate use of these documents.

These documents are issued within a maximum period of 10 days. This period can be reduced in emergency situations. They can be transmitted to you via post, or via email in the form of a file that is encrypted and protected with a password that will be provided to you during your visit.

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