Acupuncture Gets Status as an Independent Profession by Labor Bureau

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) is poised to formally recognize acupuncture as an independent profession. In a proposed change to official standards, the BLS recently issued a new independent Standard of Occupational Code (SOC).

The designation is a result of a decade-long effort initiated by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

The new code, SOC 29-1291, will support the work of current and future Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) practitioners, including students and faculty at ACTCM at CIIS, by granting the field of acupuncture an independent status.

Previously, the occupations were included under the broad SOC 29-1000, “other diagnosing and treating health professions.”

ACTCM’s London Helps Secure Milestone Designation

Dr. Kory Ward-Cook, CEO of NCCAOM, and her colleagues, including Eugene London, Commission Chair and ACTCM at CIIS faculty, were instrumental leaders in moving this important change forward.

“This federal recognition of Acupuncturist as a distinct profession has profound implications for the AOM profession,” said London of this critical development. “It will mean recognition of acupuncturists across all federal agencies and, ultimately, increased public access to the services of licensed acupuncturists throughout the United States.”

The code will appear in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook to be published in 2018.