The American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) has released the first-ever accreditation exclusively for integrative medicine training, certification programs and clinics.

March 22, 2010, Springfield, MO – The American Association of Integrative Medicine, the medical society for the 21st century, has announced a landmark accreditation program. An extension of the organization’s mission to promote standardization in order to advance the profession, this new program seeks to establish a high standard of quality in the integrative medicine industry through an organization’s adherence to nationally established criteria, policies and standards. 

Integrative medicine has grown immensely over the last 20 years, resulting in thousands of organizations devoted to educating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners and caring for patients. Faced with greater options, consumers are confused about who and where to turn to for quality care. In addition, high-quality educational providers and health-care institutions have found it increasingly difficult to make themselves stand out from the rest. 

Recognizing the confusion that exists today in integrative medicine, as well as the significant impact CAM can have on health care, with accreditation the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) is seeking to promote efficient and effective voluntary standardization in the field of integrative medicine in order to advance national standards, support sustainable development and benefit the health, safety and welfare of the general public. For integrative medicine training, certification programs and clinics, accreditation will provide a reliable indicator of quality, an external source of motivation through which to improve educational programs, show concern for consumer protection and demonstrate an organization’s commitment to pursuing high standards. 

“This program has been under development for the last year by top experts in the field,” said Dr. Zhaoming Chen, chief spokesman and board chairman for AAIM. “We are excited to be bringing this to the CAM community and look forward to it elevating the industry as we know it.” 

To be eligible for AAIM accreditation, institutions must operate lawfully under state and federal regulations. AAIM is currently accepting applications for an accreditation pilot program. Interested organizations should visit for more information.

About the American Association for Integrative Medicine

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, the American Association for Integrative Medicine (AAIM) educates and certifies practitioners in the integration of Eastern and Western medicine with the goal of improving clinical outcomes for patients. For more information, visit