For The Public
Open For Public Comments
Public Comment Period: ACHENA Accreditation Standard 8: Program of Study
Begins: August 14th, 2023
Ends: October 13th, 2023, midnight PT
To: National Homeopathy Organizations, Homeopathy Schools, Homeopathy Community Leaders, Practitioners of Homeopathy, Members of the General Public Interested in Homeopathy
This communication announces a Public Comment Period for ACHENA’s Accreditation Standards, specifically Standard 8: Program of Study. Background and directions for submitting comments are outlined below.
In October of 2022, key national organizations in the homeopathy community issued an updated document titled Educational Standards and Practice Competencies for the Professional Practitioner of Homeopathy in North America (S&C). This document outlines community-generated standards for the education of professional homeopaths and competencies for the professional practice of homeopathy in the US and Canada, with a specific focus on the Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH).
ACHENA is committed to ensuring that its accreditation standards remain aligned with the larger community’s consensus outlined in the updated S&C document. As such, ACHENA is now engaged in the process of updating Standard 8: Program of Study of its Eligibility and Accreditation Manual, which guides the organization’s operations regarding school accreditation.
To date, ACHENA’s Standards Committee engaged in a careful review of the updated S&C and ACHENA’s most recent accreditation standards. Revised standards were developed and a committee of volunteers from three currently accredited schools participated in a workgroup to review and comment on the draft prepared by the Standards Committee. This work is represented by the proposed draft of updated Standard 8 that is now presented for larger community review and comment.
Details of this Public Comment Period
ACHENA seeks comments on the document found at this link: ACHENA Accreditation Manual: Proposed Updated Standard 8: Program of Study.
To compare the proposed updates to the previous standards, please review the section titled Standard 8 (pages 28-63) of the Eligibility and Accreditation Standards – 3/12/22.
- The formal beginning of the comment period is August 14, 2023.
- The Public Comment period shall proceed for a period of 60 days, concluding on October 13, 2023.
How to Submit a Comment:
The proposed updated document is presented with line numbering (the numbers found on the left column of each page). Comments are most helpful when they specifically indicate the page number(s) and line number(s) upon which you seek to comment.
All comments, including positive, affirming comments and suggestions for revisions are welcome.
Comments should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about this Public Comment period may be sent to this same email address.
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.
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