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Subject: National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation Meeting

Publication Date: October 14, 2011

Posted Date: October 14, 2011

Subject: National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation Meeting

FR Type: Notice

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 198 (Thursday, October 13, 2011)]
[Pages 63612-63613]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2011-26504]


National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation 

AGENCY: National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and 
Accreditation, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of 

What is the purpose of this notice?

    The purpose of this notice is to announce the upcoming meeting of 
the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation 
(NCFMEA). For each country reviewed, the staff presentations, country 
representative presentations, and some Committee deliberations are open 
to the public, and the public is invited to attend those portions.

When and where will the meeting take place?

    The public meeting will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011, from 8 
a.m. until approximately 5 p.m., U.S. Department of Education, Potomac 
Center Plaza Building, 550 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20202. 
Due to security restrictions, all attendees must pre-register. Please 
e-mail your registration request to by October 
14, 2011, and include ``NCFMEA Meeting Registration'' in the subject 
line. Your request should include your name, title, affiliation, 
mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and 
Web site (if any) of the person/group requesting registration. Also, 
since all audience members will need to be escorted within the 
building, please bring an identification card with your picture on it 
to the NCFMEA table that will be set up in the building's lobby. If you 
have any questions about the meeting registration process, please e-
mail the contact person listed below prior to October 14, 2011.

What assistance will be provided to individuals with disabilities?

    The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If 
you will need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting 
(e.g., interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials 
in an alternate format), notify the contact person listed in this 
notice by October 14, 2011. Although we will attempt to meet a request 
received after that date, we may not be able to make available the 
requested auxiliary aid or service because of insufficient time to 
arrange it.

Who is the contact person for the meeting?

    Please contact Melissa Lewis, the Executive Director for the 
NCFMEA, if you have questions about the meeting. You may contact her at 
the U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St. NW., Room 8060, 
Washington, DC 20006-8129, telephone: 202-219-7009, fax: 202-219-7005, 
e-mail: Individuals who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay 
Service at 1-800-877-8339.

What are the functions of the NCFMEA?

    The NCFMEA was established by the Secretary of Education under 
Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The 
NCFMEA's responsibilities are to:
     Upon request of a foreign country, evaluate the standards 
of accreditation applied to medical schools in that country; and,
     Determine the comparability of those standards to 
standards for accreditation applied to United States medical schools. 
Comparability of the applicable accreditation standards is an 
eligibility requirement for foreign medical schools to participate in 
the Federal Family Education Loan Program, 20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.

What items will be on the agenda for discussion at the meeting?

    The Committee will review the standards of accreditation applied to 
medical schools by several foreign countries to determine whether those 
standards are comparable to the standards of accreditation applied to 
medical schools in the United States. Discussions of the standards of 
accreditation will be held in sessions open to the public. Discussions 
resulting in specific determinations of comparability are closed to the 
public in order that each country may be properly notified of the 
decision. The countries scheduled to be discussed at the meeting 
include: Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Hungary, The 
Netherlands, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, and St. Maarten. The meeting 
agenda, as well as the staff analyses pertaining to this meeting, will 
be posted on the Department of Education's Web site at the following 

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    The official version of this document is the document published in 
the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of 
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Eduardo M. Ochoa,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2011-26504 Filed 10-12-11; 8:45 am]

Last Modified: 10/13/2011