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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer on (404) 639-7090.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques for other forms of information technology. Send comments to Seleda Perryman, CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activity Registration Form—(0923-0013)—Extension—The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is mandated pursuant to the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and its 1986 Amendments, The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), to prevent or mitigate adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life resulting from the exposure to hazardous substances into the environment. As stated in CERCLA, the Administrator of ATSDR is charged to “assemble, develop as necessary, and distribute to the states, and upon request to medical colleges, physicians, and other health professionals, appropriate educational materials (including short courses) on this topic”.

The development and use of activity registration forms for documenting participation in these activities at these meetings is an integral part of this process. This attendance documentation process is required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the body that authorizes agencies and institutions to award nationally recognized continuing medical education (CME) credit. As a condition of relicensure, physicians in 40 states are required to participate in CME courses. Individual physicians in these states are required to submit the number of hours of CME credit to state boards of professional registration at the time of relicensure. Failure by the physician to provide this information in a timely fashion will result in suspension of professional licensure.

This request is for a 3-year extension of the current OMB approval of uniform CME activity registration forms—one machine entry form and the other manually entered—to serve as the initial step in the development of an attendance documentation system. Other than their time, there will be no cost to the respondents.

RespondentsNo. of respondentsNo. of responses/ respondentAvg. burden per responseTotal burden
Manual Entry Registration Form2,00014/60133
Scantron Registration Form3,00015/60250
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Dated: January 20, 2000.

Nancy Cheal,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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[FR Doc. 00-1762 Filed 1-25-00; 8:45 am]