Notice of Public Comment Period
Title of Document Posted for Public Comment:
Accreditation Standards for the Doctoral Degree in
The document is available at:
Doctoral Standards for Public Comment
Date of Release for Comment:
November 1, 2013
End of Public Comment
December 15, 2013
Length of Comment
Period: 45 days
Directions for Submitting Comments:
The document under consideration can be viewed or
Doctoral Standards for Public Comment.
ACHENA welcomes comments from all segments of the homeopathic community
and public, including currently accredited schools,
unaccredited schools, educators, professional
associations, practitioners and others.
When submitting comments, please note the specific
line number corresponding to the section or the
document upon which you are submitting your comment.
This will help ensure that the intent of your
comment is most clearly conveyed to ACHENA.
Written comment must sent no later than 11:59 pm PT
December 15th to:
Comments submitted after December 15th,
2013 will not be considered.
Purpose of Document:
The Accreditation Standards for the Doctoral Degree in
Homeopathy shall provide guidance to academic
institutions regarding the preparation of homeopathic
practitioners at the doctoral level.
The Doctor of Homeopathy shall be a clinically based,
professional degree program. The doctoral program shall provide
advanced graduate studies in core, clinical, and specialty areas
and will require advanced training in research and leadership.
The program must ensure that the sequencing, duration, nature,
and content of all didactic, practical, and clinical training
courses are appropriately integrated and consistent with the
program's goals and objectives
The Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North
America, (ACHENA) formerly known as the Council for Homeopathic
Education, has been accrediting schools of homeopathy since
1982. In 2012, ACHENA issued for public comment its
Accreditation Manual 2012: Structure, Scope, Eligibility
Requirements and Standards which outlines standards for
the Masterís level homeopathic practitioner diploma or
certificate program. At that time, several commenters
requested that ACHENA consider developing standards for the
doctoral level. In fact, ACHENA has had a committee in place to
develop doctoral standards since 2011.
The document currently offered for public comment reflects the
work of the ACHENA doctoral committee which consisted of six
homeopathic educators and practitioners including three MDs and
one PhD level homeopathic practitioner. The committee completed its first draft in early
2012 and ACHENA shared that with several highly respected
practitioners for review and comment. In October of 2012, the
full ACHENA commission reviewed and discussed the doctoral
standards and determined that the commission should consult with
a legal expert in complementary and alternative medicine to
explore issues related to legality of practice for persons
holding the Doctor of Homeopathy degree. The document was
provided to a legal expert and the full commission further
discussed and approved a motion to post the standards for a
public comment period. In addition, throughout 2012-13 ACHENA
worked with the Homeopathic Action Alliance to facilitate a
public comment process for the document titled:
Standards for Education and Competencies for the Professional
Homeopathic Practitioner in North America (S&C Document).
A total of nine individuals who submitted comments on the S&C
Document urged ACHENA and the homeopathic community to develop
standards for the doctoral level. ACHENA is pleased to now
present these doctoral standards to the homeopathic community
and the general community, for public comment.
Process for Review of Public Comments:
established a committee of 3-5 individuals to deliberate on the
comments submitted in response to these doctoral standards.
This committee will be charged with carefully reviewing and
considering each comment, proposing revisions and preparing a
summary of comments received and deliberations for consideration
by the full ACHENA commission. A final document will be posted
by February 2, 2014, (that is no later than 45 days
after the end of the public comment period). It is anticipated
that beginning in September, 2014 ACHENA will be prepared to
consider applications from institutions or program seeking
accreditation for offering the Doctoral Degree in Homeopathy.
Comment Period - 2012 Accreditation Manual
Comment Period - 2013 Standards and Competencies Document