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.
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.
Guidance Information and Templates for the 2017 Accreditation Standards
Crosswalks of 2017 with 2012 Accreditation Standards