A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual’s capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment. In essence, a FCE’s primary purpose is to evaluate a person’s ability to participate in work, although other instrumental activities of daily living that support work performance may also be evaluated.
Those who benefit from FCE:
injured on the job to determine their ability to return to work
applying for Social Security Disability benefits
injured in a catastrophic accident (i.e., automobile accident)
seeks vocational rehabilitation services
transitioning services from school to the work setting