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.
Recommended Model for Future Education
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®.