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ACEND® Accreditation Standards

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) has established standards, policies and procedures for application, review and maintenance for candidacy and full accreditation of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Applications for candidacy and full accreditation must address the Accreditation Standards in effect at the time each application is submitted.

2012 Standards

The 2012 ACEND® Accreditation Standards were adopted by ACEND® on February 24, 2012. All programs were required to implement the 2012 Standards by June 1, 2012. The standards were most recently updated March 31, 2015.

Templates for submitting reports under the 2012 ACEND® Accreditation Standards are available on the ACEND® Portal.

2017 Accreditation Standards

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) Board has released the 2017 Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Programs (CP), Didactic Programs (DPD), Internship Programs (DI), Technician Programs (DT) and Foreign (FDE) and International (IDE) Dietitian Programs. The 2017 Standards are the results of a planned five-year review cycle of the current 2012 Accreditation Standards to ensure compliance with USDE regulations. ACEND® thanks all who participated in surveys and provided input throughout their development.


Implementation Dates

  • September 1, 2016 - Eligibility applications for new programs in nutrition and dietetics must be submitted under the 2017 Standards
  • June 1, 2017 - All programs must implement and come into compliance with the 2017 Standards to earn or maintain ACEND® accreditation. PARs submitted after June 1, 2017 and self-study reports submitted for site visits after June 1, 2017 will need to show compliance with the 2017 Standards.
  • January 1, 2018 - All programs must post on ACEND’s accreditation software their curriculum map and student learning outcomes assessment plans based on the 2017 Standards.

2017 Standards

Guidance Information and Templates for the 2017 Accreditation Standards

Crosswalks of 2017 with 2012 Accreditation Standards