[Federal Register: July 23, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 141)]
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National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and 
Accreditation; Meeting

AGENCY: National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and 
Accreditation, Department of Education.

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. 
Parts of this meeting will be open to the public, and the public is 
invited to attend those portions.

When and Where Will the Meeting Take Place?

    We will hold the public meeting on September 16, 2004 from 9 a.m. 
until approximately 4:45 p.m., and on September 17, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. 
until approximately 11:30 a.m. in Hampton Room at The Omni Shoreham 
Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW., Washington, DC 20008. You may call the 
hotel at 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) to inquire about room 

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 
at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. 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 Ms. Bonnie LeBold, the Executive Director of the 
National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation, if 
you have questions about the meeting. You may contact her at the U.S. 
Department of Education, room 7007, MS 7563, 1990 K St. NW. Washington, 
DC 20006, telephone: (202) 219-7009, fax: (202) 219-7008, e-mail: 
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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What Are the Functions of the National Committee?

    The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and 
Accreditation was established by the Secretary of Education under 
section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The 
Committee's responsibilities are to:
     Evaluate the standards of accreditation applied to 
applicant foreign medical schools; and
     Determine the comparability of those standards to 
standards for accreditation applied to United States medical schools.

What Items Will Be on the Agenda for Discussion at the Meeting?

    The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and 
Accreditation 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 
that focus on specific determinations of comparability are closed to 
the public in order that each country may be properly notified of the 
decision. The countries tentatively scheduled to be discussed at the 
meeting include Cayman Islands, Czech Republic, Dominica, Grenada, 
India, Ireland, Liberia, Netherlands, Poland, Saba, St. Lucia, Sweden, 
Taiwan, Thailand, and United Kingdom. Beginning August 30, you may call 
the contact person listed above to obtain the final listing of the 
countries whose standards will be discussed during this meeting. The 
listing of countries will also be posted on the Department of 
Education's Web site at the following address: 
http://www.ed.gov/about/ bdscomm/list/ncfmea.html.

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    Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.

    Dated: July 16, 2004.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 04-16795 Filed 7-22-04; 8:45 am]