The Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) was established in 2001 by the world’s regional chiropractic accrediting agencies (CCEs). These member agencies combined their efforts to collaborate, assure excellence and consistent quality improvement in chiropractic education through accreditation.
Accreditation is an important quality assurance and quality improvement mechanism for chiropractic professional education. The quality of accreditation standards and assessment of programs against those standards provides assurance that the education provider produces a competent graduate with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practice in the profession. In recognising the need for internationally accepted standards, the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) acknowledges that education systems are part of the richly diverse and innovative cultures of a geographic jurisdiction. The accreditation process thus respects the autonomy of the educational program, national legislation and regulations, and acknowledges that there is no single best way to produce a competent chiropractor. Specific policies, procedures and even educational requirements, may vary to a certain extent as they reflect local academic traditions and/or legislation in a jurisdiction. Adherence to internationally accepted standards also helps facilitate recognition of students and graduates across member agency regions.
As chiropractic continues to expand outside areas covered by the current member agencies, the CCEI is available to assist with the development of additional member agencies or inquiries related to educational standards and accreditation.
CCEI works toward accomplishment of the following goals in pursuit of its mission:
Define and maintain an International Framework of Educational Standards and Competencies and ensure utilization of these, or their equivalent, but CCEI member accrediting agencies;
Define processes of accreditation and ensure implementation of these, or their equivalent, by CCEI member accrediting agencies;
Establish and maintain a process for verifying equivalence of the educational standards and accreditation procedures utilised by CCEI member accrediting agencies;
Assist and provide guidance in the development of accrediting agencies;
Promote continuous improvement of international educational standards and competencies, while recognising the existence of educational, cultural and jurisdictional diversities;
Advocate for quality chiropractic education.
Benefits of CCEI Accomplishments
Beyond the overarching benefits from this primary CCEI agenda, students, educational programs, regulatory bodies and testing entities experience important benefits from the work of CCEI. Due to the sound basis provided by the CCEI Framework of Educational Standards and Competencies, they are aided in:
admission of international students and transfer from one program to another;
international portability of degrees/academic credentials;
acceptance and examination for licensure/credentialing in various jurisdictions;
preparation and verification of readiness for standardized professional testing.
While CCEI has enjoyed successful beginnings, the organization recognises continuing challenges are yet to be identified and overcome. Around the globe education, chiropractic practice, health regulation and accreditation continue to be dynamic, fast moving and interrelated spheres of activity. CCEI will continue to refine itself and its agenda to best serve the profession, governments, consumers and the communities in which we work.
Internationally we see a future of organizations and professions that are stronger for collaboration, sharing and building on each other’s strengths.