The US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (UCOMPE) is the only national accrediting agency for osteopathic manual practice education (OMP) programs in the States. UCOMPE employs a rigorous, collaborative peer review accreditation process to evaluate the quality of OMP education programs.
The UCOMPE functions independently and autonomously in matters of developing and approving accreditation standards, making accreditation decisions on schools and osteopathic manual practice education programs and developing and approving systems and policies that are used in the accreditation process. Osteopathic manual practice accreditation involves an internal review/self-study by a school offering OMP education program, followed by an external review/peer-assessment process that ensures improvement of academic quality and public accountability. As a part of the peer-review
process, students at UCOMPE accredited schools have an opportunity to comment and are sometimes interviewed by evaluation team members to ensure an accurate picture of the student academic experience.
Accreditation organizations review and evaluate schools and programs, and provide “a stamp of approval” that standards of education are being met. UCOMPE ascribes to a Code of Good Practice established by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.
US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education accredited schools are periodically reviewed for re-accreditation to ensure quality standards are maintained. Moreover, standards are continuously improved through comments from osteopathic manual practitioners, teaching faculty, students and other communities of interest. If there are complaints or problems that need to be addressed, the school must resolve these quickly. Schools that fail to meet requirements will require additional reporting and/or site visits to determine continued compliance. If schools fail to correct noncompliance
issues within the established timelines set by UCOMPE, adverse actions will be applied, which include, withdrawal or revocation of accreditation.