The medical consultant’s (MC) or psychological consultant’s (PC) role in determining
onset for the EOD is to prepare a severity assessment(s) for the relevant period(s).
The adjudicator has the final responsibility for the accuracy of the EOD determination.
The adjudicator will establish an EOD based on pertinent medical, technical, and vocational
We must assess the severity of the claimant’s condition(s) from the claimant’s alleged
onset date (AOD) or potential onset date (POD), if different from the AOD through
all relevant periods. An MC, PC, or single decision maker (SDM), if the adjudicator
is an authorized SDM, prepares a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC), Mental Residual
Functional Capacity (MRFC), a Childhood Disability Evaluation Form, or other severity
assessment document each time the severity of the claimant’s condition changes and
subsequently results in work related changes in the claimant’s functional capabilities.
NOTE: An SDM cannot sign a Childhood Disability Evaluation Form (Form SSA-538). However,
Disability Examiners (DEs) may assist in preparing all assessment documents including