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Monthly Standards Update

Each month, the ACEND® Standards Committee provides a brief update about the development of the 2017 Standards and the recommended Education Model for the Future.

ACEND Virtual Town Hall Meetings

ACEND® hosts a conference call the second Thursday of each month to answer your questions about ACEND's work. All stakeholders are invited to participate. Beginning June 9, the town hall meeting time will change to 4:00 p.m. (Central Time).

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ACEND® Standards Committee

Draft 2017 Accreditation Standards Released for Public Comment

The ACEND® Standards Committee has released Draft 2017 Accreditation Standards for public comment. The Draft Standards are the results of a planned five-year review cycle of the current 2012 Accreditation Standards. The review and revision are based upon current trends and new developments in dietetics education and practice, and assures the accreditation process is in compliance with the USDE regulations. After completing the public comment period (ends May 13, 2016) and revision process, the Standards Committee will make recommendations for the standards to the ACEND® Board for their approval.

ACEND® encourages all stakeholders to provide input at the following survey link.




Recommended Model for Future Education

In addition to revising the existing Standards, the ACEND® Standards Committee is developing standards for a new recommended model for education in nutrition and dietetics with the purpose of advancing the profession and protecting the public.

The ACEND® Board released recommendations about the future education model on February 18, 2015 and has been developing standards and competencies for future education programs at the associate’s, bachelor's and master’s degree levels. ACEND® anticipates that a draft of the Standards and Competencies will be available for public comment in fall 2016. The following documents and webinar explain the recommendations and the work being done by ACEND®.

ACEND® Standards Committee

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) serves the public by establishing and enforcing standards for the educational preparation of dietetics practitioners. The ACEND® Board includes a Standards Committee which is charged with:

  • Monitoring accreditation standards on an ongoing basis
  • Completing a periodic review and revision of accreditation standards
  • Assessing and implementing, as appropriate, current trends and new developments in dietetics education and practice
  • Assuring policies, guidelines, guidance and documents used in the accreditation process are in compliance with USDE accreditation regulations.

The Standards Committee makes recommendations for standards revisions to the ACEND® Board for their approval. The Standards are reviewed and revised on a planned cycle of every five years.