[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 160 (Friday, August 17, 2012)]
[Pages 49788-49789]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20282]



National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation

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

ACTION: The purpose of this notice is to announce the upcoming meeting 
of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and 
Accreditation (NCFMEA). Parts of this meeting will be open to the 
public, and the public is invited to attend those portions.


    Meeting Date and Place: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, 
October 30, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m., at the 
U.S. Department of Education, Eighth Floor Conference Center, Office of 
Postsecondary Education, 1990 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006.
    Function: 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 William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program, 20 U.S.C. 
1087a et seq.
    Meeting Agenda: The NCFMEA 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 and/or 
reports previously requested of countries by the NCFMEA. Discussion 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 by the Department of the Committee's decision.
    The countries scheduled to be discussed at the meeting include 
Australia/New Zealand, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, 
Pakistan, Saba, Slovak Republic, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. The

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meeting agenda, as well as the staff analyses pertaining to the meeting 
will be posted on the Department of Education's Web site prior to the 
meeting at http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/ncfmea.html.
    Reasonable Accommodations: 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 September 28, 2012, 
although we will attempt to meet a request received after that date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Griffiths, Executive Director 
for the NCFMEA, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 
8073, Washington, DC 20006-8129, telephone: 202 219-7035; fax: 202 502-
7874, or email: [email protected].
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David A. Bergeron,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2012-20282 Filed 8-16-12; 8:45 am]