Mission, Values and Vision*


ACAHM’s mission is to serve as the nationally recognized accrediting agency of programs in acupuncture and herbal medicine (AHM) and institutions exclusively providing AOM-related programs.


The Commission is guided and informed by our belief in and commitment to:

  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Respect
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Collaborative culture

2025 Vision

ACAHM will be a globally recognized leader for accrediting educational programs in the acupuncture and herbal medicine (AHM) profession. We envision that ACAHM will create an environment that encourages educational innovation and promotes training opportunities that emphasize adaptability to changes in global healthcare. By 2025, ACAHM will:

  • Create additional training opportunities through new accreditable programs
  • Expand distance learning opportunities
  • Promote innovations in clinical training
  • Expand the recognition and value of ACAHM-accredited programs

* Mission, values and vision statements have been modified to reflect the Commission’s name change; the full statements in the Policy section of this website are in the process of being edited. Please note that “herbal medicine” has a Commission-specific definition; the full glossary in the Policy section of this website is in the process of being edited.