- ACHENA School Accreditation Fee Schedule
- ACHENA Eligibility and Accreditation Manual
- Checklist for ACHENA Eligibility Standards
- ACHENA Initial Application for Accreditation
- Directions for Submission of an Eligibility Packet
- ACHENA Policies and Procedures Manual
- ACHENA Self-Study Guide
- Components of Homeopathic Accreditation
- ACHENA Accreditation Glossary
ACHENA Standards and Competencies
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program
- CPD Program Guidelines
- CPD Course Approval Application
- CPD Course Fee Schedule
- CPD Course Description-Appendix A
- CPD Instructor Bio-Appendix B
- CPD Financial Disclosure-Appendix C
- CPD Evaluation Form Sample-Appendix D
ACHENA Standards and Competencies
Deliberations and Decisions
ACHENA’s public comment process is designed to support and include all stakeholders (schools, students, practitioners, and the public). You are invited to review and provide input to ACHENA about accreditation standards, policies, procedures and processes. ACHENA welcomes input during current public comment and deliberation periods from all stakeholders: homeopathic students, accredited and candidate schools and program educators and administrators, homeopathic practitioners and the public. ACHENA Accredited and Candidate Schools and Programs will be given a reasonable amount of time to come into compliance with any changes in standards, procedures or policies that are implemented.
Past Public Deliberations
|Project Name||Link to Final Document||Comment Dates (open/close)||Link to Comments|
|Standards for Homeopathic Education and Competencies||Standards for Homeopathic Education and Competencies||September 2013||Summary of Public Comments and Deliberations:
Standards for Homeopathic Education and Competencies 2013
|ACHENA Eligibility and Accreditation Manual (2017)||ACHENA Eligibility and Accreditation Manual (Nov, 2017)||October, 2017||Summary of Public Comments and Deliberations:
Review and Revision Standard 12 for 2017 Accreditation Manual
|ACHENA Eligibility and Accreditation Manual (2015)||ACHENA Accreditation Manual (Sep 2015)||September, 2015||Summary of Public Comments and Deliberations:
Distance Learning Only Programs 2015
|ACHENA Eligibility and Accreditation Manual (2012)||ACHENA Accreditation Manual (Sep, 2012)||September 2012||Summary of Public Comments and Deliberations:
ACHENA Accreditation Manual 2012
|Accreditation Standards for the Doctoral Degree in Homeopathy||Accreditation Standards for the Doctoral Degree in Homeopathy (Feb, 2014)||November- December, 2013||Summary of Public Comments and Deliberations:
Doctoral Degree 2014
|Distance Learning Only Programs||Distance Learning Standards 2015||October -December, 2015||Summary of Public Comments and Deliberations:
Distance Learning Only Programs 2015
|Review and Revision Standard 12 for 2017 Accreditation Manual||ACHENA Eligibility and Accreditation Manual (Nov, 2017)||September – October 2017||Summary of Public Comments and Deliberations:
Review and Revision Standard 12 for Accreditation Manual (Oct 2017)
Inconsistent standards of training contribute to inconsistent standards of practice. Professional growth and viability depend on continued efforts to communicate systematic standards of excellence in training and practice. Professional accountability to homeopathic associations, schools, students, practitioners, their clientele and the public consists of articulating and building consensus among unifying and diverse organizations, schools and practitioners.
The following associations work to promote systematic standards of excellence in homeopathic training and practice.
Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)
The CHC is a nationally recognized certification organization, accredited by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE). The council upholds established and statistically validated, minimum standards in homeopathic education and practice. It implements a post-graduate certification examination to grant a Certification in Classical Homeopathy (CCH) to professional homeopathic practitioners that have graduated from ACHENA accredited schools. A professional certification is renewed annually and includes a continuing professional development requirement. Numerous ACHENA approved continuing professional development courses are accepted by the CHC for annual certificate renewal. The CHC is not an organization that has members with voting rights but consists of an examination board of qualified professionals.
The North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH)
NASH is a membership registry for professional homeopaths that “demonstrate knowledge and ability to practice classical homeopathy to a professional standard.” NASH accepts homeopathic practitioner and school members, in exchange for voting rights and membership representation. Practitioners and schools, with or without accredited certification by the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) and with or without formal accreditation by the Accreditation Commission of Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA), are eligible to join. Voting members help shape NASH advocacy work towards “the highest level of excellence in homeopathic practice while enhancing the role of the profession as an integral part of health care delivery.” NASH vows to protect practitioner members through a legal defense fund and educate the public about the safety and efficacy of homeopathy. NASH members receive an annually published professional journal, The American Homeopath.
The following associations work toward public awareness of the accessibility and acceptability of homeopathy as a safe, viable and sustaining system of whole person medicine.
National Center for Homeopathy (NCH)
Since, 1974, the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) is a public awareness clearinghouse for consumer and practitioner education that collectively promotes access to homeopathy as a safe, effective and affordable system of medicine for the health consumer. They play a role in the continuing education of practitioners, in the dissemination of accurate information to legislators, the media and public at large.
Homeopathic Action Alliance (HAA)
As its host association, National Center for Homeopathy (NCH), explains: the Homeopathic Action Alliance (HAA) leadership below meets monthly to provide a more unified structure to various homeopathic issues in the community and communicates around a variety of issues of common interest.
The HAA includes the following members:
- American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)
- Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH)
- Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA)
- American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP)
- Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)
- Free and Healthy Children International (FHCi)
- Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP)
- Homeopathic Nurses Association (HNA)
- Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB)
- North American Network of Homeopathic Educators (NANHE)
- North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH)
- National Center for Homeopathy (NCH)
Americans for Homeopathy Choice
Americans for Homeopathy Choice is a nonprofit advocacy organization of homeopathic consumers, practitioners and associations who are dedicated to safeguarding the freedom to choose homeopathic remedies for all Americans who want to maintain freedom of choice in health care decisions. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing new guidelines for regulating homeopathic remedies which would give the FDA the power to ban entire categories of homeopathic products now available to the public. The FDA already has ample authority (under what is called Compliance Policy Guide 400.400 which currently governs homeopathic remedies) to regulate homeopathic products, a key reason why this association is resisting the FDA’s withdrawal of its proposed permanent ban.
I. The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), now called Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH), is a coalition of 18 national organizations that promote collaborative education, clinical care research and policy development in the field of integrative medicine. They advocate for the whole person, team-based, patient/person-centered health care. ACHENA and the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) are representative members for the profession of classical homeopathy. ACIH includes colleges and schools, accrediting agencies, certification and testing organizations from five distinct licensed integrative healthcare professions, which all have a recognized accrediting agency. Our representative membership is recognized as an “emerging profession” to advocate for the professional acceptance of homeopathy as a whole healing system, among the public and integrative healthcare members.
II. ACHENA is a member of The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors(ASPA). ASPA provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for over 60 U.S. accrediting agencies that assess the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. ASPA is the only unified, national voice that supports the importance of specialized and professional accreditation. Accrediting agencies like ACHENA operate to ensure that students in postsecondary educational programs receive an education consistent with standards for advanced practice in each of their respective fields. ASPA advances the knowledge, skills, best practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and promotes the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational excellence for the good of the public. It represents issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. Visit the ASPA website for public education resources on the process of accreditation.
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