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Over the past six years, the NCCAOM has been working with AOM community leaders and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to gain recognition for acupuncturists through the BLS Standards of Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

The NCCAOM recently sent out a memo to national and state association leaders with an update on these activities related to the BLS. The NCCAOM encourages everyone to read this important memo.

Memo to State and National Organizations regarding the BLS recognition status of Acupuncturists

Findings of the BLS ▼ (Click to Read)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee (SOCPC) did not accept the AOM professional organizations’ request to add Acupuncturist as a separate detailed occupation to the 2010 SOC. The SOCPC stated:
“The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 9 which states that for a detailed occupation to be included in the SOC, either the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the Census Bureau must be able to collect and report data on that occupation. Based on the information received, neither agency was able to determine it would be able to collect and report data for Acupuncturists. Acupuncture is practiced widely by healthcare providers in more than one SOC occupation.”

For more details please see the fulll response here

The OMB and SOCPC, also, did not accept the request by the AOM national organizations to add “Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioner”. They stated that “Oriental medicine” is not uniformly defined as a field, and aspects of Oriental medicine are practiced widely by other healthcare providers in more than one SOC occupation. The SOCPC’s rationale for this decision is available here.

Clarification for Acupuncturists ▼

Gearing Up for Acupuncturists Gaining an Independent Occupational Code with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Click here for more information

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