Moratorium on 1.07 Change Applications [Jun. 25, 2018]

Effective June 25, 2018

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (“ACAOM” or “Commission”) has requested that ACAOM staff conduct a review and analysis of Commission Standards, program policies, processes, procedures, and relevant laws and regulations related to AOM programs offered in languages other than English.

The focus of the staff’s review and analysis will include but not be limited to:

  • ACAOM’s ability to recruit and retain a sufficient and proficient number of qualified peer evaluators with relevant language skills and no conflict of interests preventing them from evaluating ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited programs and institutions;
  • requirements, logistics and costs unique to reviewing AOM programs offered in languages other than English;
  • program performance on comprehensive evaluations, licensure/certification examinations and other outcome measurements; and
  • Homeland Security and Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requirements relating to international students and I-20 Visas, and ACAOM’s admissions and English proficiency standards.

Until such time as the review and analysis is completed by ACAOM staff and considered by the Commission, the Commission has placed a moratorium on substantive change requests submitted under Notification of Change 1.07: The offering of an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) program in a language other than English.  No requests relating to 1.07 will be received or acted upon by the Commission until further notice.

Please contact ACAOM staff at 952-212-2434 or with any questions regarding this decision by the Commission.