FR Doc E9-20396[Federal Register: August 25, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 163)]
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National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation 

AGENCY: 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 
(NCFMEA). 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?

    The public meeting will be held on Monday, September 14, 2009, from 
8 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. in the Barnard Auditorium, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20202. Due to security restrictions, all attendees must pre-register 
with the Acting Committee Director in order to be admitted to the 
building on the day of the meeting. Please notify the contact person, 
listed below, prior to September 1, 2009 to pre-register.

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 Dr. Rachael A. Shultz, the Acting 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 
7127, 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

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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 
tentatively scheduled to be discussed at the meeting include: 
Australia/New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, 
Saba, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Beginning September 1, 
2009, 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 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 address: 
CDs containing PDF files of the staff reports will be 
available at the meeting at no charge to the attendees and otherwise 
upon request to the contact person listed above.

How May I Obtain Electronic Access to This Document?

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
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Portable Document Format (PDF), on the Internet at the following site:
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the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note:  The official version of this document is the document 
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    Authority:  5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.

    Delegation of Authority: The Secretary of Education has delegated 
authority to Daniel T. Madzelan, Director, Forecasting and Policy 
Analysis for the Office of Postsecondary Education, to perform the 
functions of the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

Daniel T. Madzelan,
Director, Forecasting and Policy Analysis.
[FR Doc. E9-20396 Filed 8-24-09; 8:45 am]