Occupational medicine: what is the information and prevention visit (PVI)?

Verified 29 September 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Postponement of medical examinations during the health emergency

Published on 25 March 2022

The occupational physician may postpone certain medical examinations due to expire on or before 31 July 2022. Postponed visits can be made until July 31, 2023 at the latest.

That's what the law no. 2022-46 of 22 january 2022 and the decree no. 2022-418 of march 24, 2022.

All employees benefit from the information and prevention visit (Vip). Vip has replaced the hiring medical.

Vip is performed within a maximum of 3 months from hiring (or before hiring for minors and night workers).

Vip may be done by an occupational physician or by an occupational health care practitioner. The purpose of the interview is to ask the employee about his or her state of health. The visit is renewed within a maximum of 5 years.

The Vip: titleContent is a medical examination done by a occupational health professional (e.g. an occupational physician worker, an occupational health intern, a nurse) if the employee does not pose any particular risks.

At the end of the vip, the health professional may, if he considers it necessary, refer the worker to the occupational doctor.

If the employee is recognized handicapped worker or holder of a invalidity pension or night worker, Vip is done by occupational doctor in a occupational health and prevention service.

Required Steps during the visit:

  • Employee Health Inquiry
  • Workstation Risk Information
  • Raising awareness of prevention measures
  • Informing the employee of his right to benefit, at any time, a visit at his request with the occupational physician

An occupational health record is open.

At the end of each Vip: titleContent, the occupational doctor or the health-care professional shall issue a certificate of follow-up at work to the employee and to the employer.

The occupational physician is not entitled to transmit to the employer medical information concerning the employee.

Please note

under certain conditions, a newly recruited employee may be exempt from Vip.

Vip covers all employees working in private companies, Epic: titleContent and Epa: titleContent employing staff under private law.

Please note

the employee of the individual employer must benefit Vip.

Vip is done within a maximum of 3 months from the actual taking of the workstation.

For a night worker or an employee under 18, the visit shall be carried out prior to assignment.

The occupational physician may request further specialized examinations. They are the responsibility of the employer.

Please note

for apprentices the visit must take place in the following 2 months hiring.

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Vip performed by an occupational health professional

The health professional issues a follow-up certificate to the employee and the employer. If he considers it necessary, the health professional may refer the employee to the occupational doctor.

Vip performed by the occupational physician

The occupational physician shall issue to the employee and to the employer a suitability certificate or unfit hiring.

Medical examinations shall be carried out on working time and the remuneration shall be maintained.

Where such examinations cannot be carried out during working hours, they shall be paid as actual working time.

Time and transport costs required by these visits are paid by the employer.

The employee makes another visit within a maximum of 5 years from 1re visit.

This period shall be fixed by the occupational doctor.

If the employee is recognized as a disabled worker or as having an invalidity pension or as a night worker, the maximum time limit is 3 years.

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