[Federal Register: March 14, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 51)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2008-0037]
Medical Review Board Public Meeting
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of Medical Review Board (MRB) Public Meeting.
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces a public meeting of the Agency's MRB. The MRB
public meeting will provide the public an opportunity to observe and
participate in MRB deliberations about the revision and development of
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) medical standards, in
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
DATES: The MRB meeting will be held from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. on April 7,
2008. Please note the preliminary agenda for this meeting in the
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for specific
ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Westin Gateway, 801 N.
Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. You may submit comments bearing the
Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2008-0037 using
any of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting
- Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
- Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140,
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
- Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket ID for
this Notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change
to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information
included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.,
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365
days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your
comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard
or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting
Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual
submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if
submitted on behalf of an
association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT's
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78; Apr. 11, 2000). This information is
also available at http://Docketsinfo.dot.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Director, Medical
Programs, (202) 366-4001, email@example.com, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W64-224, Washington,
DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities:
For information on facilities or services for individuals with
disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact
Jennifer Musick at 703-998-0189 ext. 237.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The preliminary agenda for the meeting
0800-0820 Call to Order, Introduction and Agenda Review
0820-0830 Medical Review Board Administrative Discussion
0830-0900 Renal Disease Evidence Report
0900-0930 Renal Disease Panel Recommendations
0930-1000 Public Comment to the Medical Review Board
1000-1030 MRB Deliberations on Renal Disease
1030-1100 Vision and Driving Evidence Report
1200-1230 Vision Panel Recommendations
1230-1300 Public Comment to the Medical Review Board
1300-1330 MRB Deliberations on Vision
1330-1400 Musculoskeletal Disease Evidence Report
1400-1430 Musculoskeletal Disease Panel Recommendations
1430-1445 Driver Perspective
1445-1515 Public Comment to the Medical Review Board
1515-1545 MRB Deliberations on Musculoskeletal Disease
1545 Call to Adjourn
*Breaks will be announced on meeting day and may be adjusted
according to schedule changes, other meeting requirements.
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation announced on March 7, 2006,
the five medical experts who serve on FMCSA's Medical Review Board
(MRB). 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 with the advice of the MRB
to "establish, review, and revise medical standards for operators of
Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) that will ensure that the physical
condition of operators is adequate to enable them to operate the
vehicles safely." FMCSA is planning updates to the physical
qualification regulations of CMV drivers, and the MRB will provide the
necessary science-based guidance to establish realistic and responsible
The MRB operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee
Act (FACA) as announced in the Federal Register (70 FR 57642, October
3, 2005). The MRB is charged initially with the review of all current
FMCSA medical standards (49 CFR 391.41), as well as proposing new
science-based standards and guidelines to ensure that drivers operating
CMVs in interstate commerce, as defined in CFR 390.5, are physically
capable of doing so.
Attendance is open to the interested public, including medical
examiners, motor carriers, drivers, and representatives of medical and
scientific associations. Written comments for this MRB meeting will
also be accepted beginning on March 14, 2008. and continuing until
April 21, 2008, and should include the docket ID that is listed in the
During the MRB meeting, oral comments may be limited depending on
how many persons wish to comment; and will be accepted on a first come,
first serve basis as requestors register at the meeting. The comments
must directly address relevant medical and scientific issues on the MRB
meeting agenda. For more information, please view the following Web
Issued on: March 7, 2008.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.
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