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Medical Council receives approval from the US Department of Education

The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) reviews the standards used by foreign countries to accredit medical schools and determine whether those standards are comparable to standards used to accredit medical schools in the United States. The NCFMEA is a committee within the United States Department of Education.

An accreditation meeting was held in April 2013 by the NCFMEA and the Medical Council. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Medical Council’s undergraduate education and training accreditation activities and processes. Prior to the meeting, the Medical Council made a comprehensive submission to the NCFMEA and the review was to assess the continuing comparability of our accreditation processes. The Medical Council has now received confirmation that our processes in accreditation of undergraduate medical education and training programmes are comparable to their standards.

This approval is very important to Irish medical schools as it enables American students attending a foreign medical school to receive a federal student loan to help them with their educational expenses. When the NCFMEA determines that a foreign country's accreditation standards for medical schools are comparable, then any accredited medical school in that country is eligible to apply to the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the federal student loan programme.

This is the third time the Medical Council’s policies and processes have been assessed in this international evaluation as being of high quality.