The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice.
ACEND Standards Development Work
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Standards Committee reviews and revises accreditation standards based on current trends and new developments in dietetics education and practice and assures the accreditation process is in compliance with USDE accreditation regulations. The Expanded Standards Workgroup, a subgroup of the Standards Committee, is guiding the development of degree-based accreditation standards for preparing future nutrition and dietetics practitioners.
ACEND publishes documents related to its accreditation process and makes them available to the public. Additional resources for directors of new and established programs are available through the Program Director Portal.