[Federal Register: May 18, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 96)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-24674]
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of Public Listening Sessions.
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces two Public Listening Sessions. The Listening
Sessions will continue the dialogue on the National Registry of
Certified Medical Examiners (NCRME) program for interstate commercial
motor vehicle drivers.
DATES: The First NCRME Listening Session will be held from 9 a.m.-12
p.m. on June 29, 2006. The Second NCRME Listening Session will be held
[[Page 28913]] from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on July 26, 2006. (Registration begins at 8 a.m).
ADDRESSES: The first meeting will take place at the Hilton San Diego
Airport/Harbor Island, 1960 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
The second meeting will take place at the Renaissance Grand Hotel, 800
Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Chief, Physical
Qualifications Division, 202-366-4001, FMCSA, Department of
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except
Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: For
information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities
or to request special assistance at the June and July meetings, contact
Ms. Margo Weeks, Axiom Resource Management, Inc., 703-575-8192, ext
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 4116 of the Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
(SAFETEA-LU, Pub. L. 109-59) requires the Secretary of Transportation
"to establish and maintain a current national registry of medical
examiners who are qualified to perform examinations and issue medical
certificates." To implement this requirement, the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration is developing the National Registry of
Certified Medical Examiners (NCRME) program that was announced at a
June 22, 2005, public meeting in Arlington, Virginia (70 FR 28596; May
18, 2005). The NRCME program would be comprised, in part, of a training
and testing program that would result in a public registry of certified
medical examiners who are authorized to conduct medical examinations of
interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers and determine their
physical qualifications to operate in interstate commerce as defined in
49 CFR 391.41. Once the program is implemented, FMCSA would accept only
medical examinations conducted by medical examiners listed on the
Registry. The NRCME program would require training using a standardized
curriculum, a certification test, and procedures to maintain the
quality of the program in accordance with national accreditation
Participation in Public Listening Sessions
We encourage all interested persons to attend, including medical
examiners, motor carriers, and drivers. We also encourage other
interested parties to attend such as representatives of medical
associations, certification and accreditation organizations, medical
training organizations, state motor carrier enforcement agencies and
safety organizations. View the following Web site for more information:
Issued on: May 12, 2006.
Rose A. McMurray,
Associate Administrator, Policy and Program Development.
[FR Doc. E6-7539 Filed 5-17-06; 8:45 am]
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