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Redevelopment of ATS Commission Standards and Procedures

Second Public Drafts of Proposed Standards and Policies and Procedures

On February 10, 2020, the ATS Board of Commissioners released for comment the second set of public drafts of the proposed Commission Standards (text-only version and annotated version) and the proposed Policies and Procedures (annotated version) These second drafts are based on more than 120 comments received from the membership on the first public drafts that were released on December 2, 2019. The Redevelopment Task Force and ATS Board of Commissioners reviewed all of these comments at their joint meeting in late January 2020 and, based on that input, made several changes for these second drafts. The changes are summarized at the beginning of each document and also noted in red font wherever they occur in the documents. The Task Force and Board do not view any of these changes as major in nature, but all are helpful. In addition, the Board approved a grandfathering procedure for how the new Standards and Policies and Procedures will be implemented, if approved at the June 2020 Biennial meeting in Vancouver.

As noted for the first public drafts, these documents reflect some major changes from the current Standards and the current Policies and Procedures—all in response to what the task force heard repeatedly from the membership: a strong desire for a simpler, clearer set of standards and policies that focus on educational quality and contextual flexibility, while streamlining many accreditation processes.

The task force and ATS staff have published many articles to keep the membership updated on this process since it was first announced in March of 2018 (click here for a list and access).

Ways to Provide Input on Public Drafts

The drafts released on February 10 are the second of three sets of public drafts that seek input from the membership and the public. The comment period for these second public drafts ends March 4, 2020. Part of that public comment period includes six regional meetings and two webinars, for which about 350 ATS participants have registered so far. The third and final set of public drafts will be released on May 8, 2020, well before the membership votes on new standards and policies at the ATS/COA Biennial Meeting in Vancouver on June 24-25, 2020.

The Board-appointed task force has developed many ways for the membership and public to comment on the various drafts of the proposed Standards and Policies and Procedures, including these options:
• Complete a brief survey on the Proposed ATS Commission Standards and Policies
• Post a comment in the Engage ATS online community open forum
• Attend one of the Q & A “redevelopment” sessions this year at an ATS leadership event
• Participate in one of the two webinars this spring: click here to register for the February 21 webinar (11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., ET) or click here to register for the March 4 webinar (3-4:30 p.m., ET)
• While the registration period for the six regional sessions has closed, if you still wish to attend one, please contact Monica Laughery as soon as possible.
• Email the task force at


The Redevelopment Task Force met at the ATS office in October 2019 to work on drafts of the Standards and the Policies and Procedures.