The LCME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the reliable authority for the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree. To maintain this recognition, every five years the LCME prepares documentation for and undergoes a review by U.S. Department of Education staff and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The most recent review of the LCME occurred during the May 2018 NACIQI meeting. On August 22, 2018, the LCME received formal written notification that the U.S. Department of Education has granted renewed recognition to the LCME for the next five-year period.