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Physical Qualification Procedure

The Physical Qualification (PQ) Procedure

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) on behalf of Leidos Antarctic Support Contractor (ASC) is responsible for making PQ determinations for Arctic and Antarctic participants.

The NSF's PQ policy applies to personnel deploying to certain Arctic locations in Greenland, as described below.

Please contact your science project manager (for researchers) or your supervisor (for staff) to initiate your PQ process. Your project manager or supervisor will contact UTMB on your behalf. UTMB will send you a packet of medical forms. Complete the paperwork and return it (via physical mail or fax) to UTMB. After review, UTMB will send a determination email to you and the Battelle ARO safety manager.

For further information on whether you are required to physically qualify in the Arctic, refer to the NSF PQ Policy PDF.

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