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Application to Obtain an Independent Occupational Code for Acupuncturists Submitted to Bureau of Labor Statistics

UPDATE: August 28, 2014

The NCCAOM has received confirmation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that the proposal (comment) to provide “Acupuncturists” with a unique Standard Occupational Classification Code that was submitted to the BLS in response to the May 22, 2014 Federal Register notice announcing the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) revision for 2018 has been assigned docket number 1-0144. NCCAOM has also been notified by the BLS staff that the SOC Policy Committee will review each comment and make recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) over the next few months. OMB intends to release a second Federal Register notice in 2015 with the proposed 2018 SOC structure. The NCCAOM will be posting further updates as we received them in this timeline.

July 21, 2014

The NCCAOM has officially sent the request to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupation Classification Policy Committee (SOCPC)  for Acupuncturists to obtain an independent occupational code. Please see the final submission packet via this link.

The NCCAOM would like to thank all organizational leaders and volunteers who contributed to creation, review and finalization of this final document. In addition, the NCCAOM appreciates receiving all of the support letters that demonstrate collaboration and unity among the AOM professional organizations and supporters for this most important initiative.

The NCCAOM staff will keep you posted on future correspondence as received by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A second Federal Register notice, requesting comments on the SOC recommendations is expected by Spring 2015. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@thenccaom.org.

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.


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



September 2013 Communication: Memo to State and National Organizations regarding the BLS recognition status of Acupuncturists

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