The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
ACEND® is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND® meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND® is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice. ACEND® can be contacted by email (ACEND@eatright.org), phone (1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).
Recommendations Released for Future Education
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) Standards Committee reviews and revises accreditation standards based on current trends and new developments in dietetics education and practice and assures the accreditation process is in compliance with USDE accreditation regulations.
On February 18, 2015 ACEND® released recommendations for future education in nutrition and dietetics. The recommendations are described in the Rationale for Future Education Preparation of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners. The Rationale Document is a living document that is updated periodically to reflect the Standards Committee work.
ACEND® publishes documents related to its accreditation process and makes them available to the public. Additional resources for directors of new and established programs are available through the ACEND Portal.