CoARC Begins Review Process for Entry into Practice Standards

August 17, 2018

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is beginning the process of formulating the 2020 Accreditation Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice. This comprehensive review and revision procedure is an integral part of the CoARC’s ongoing mission to serve the public by promoting high quality, state of the art respiratory care education through its accreditation services.

The review process began at the March 2018 CoARC Board of Commissioner’s meeting when the CoARC Policies/Standards/Bylaws Committee was directed to begin a review of the 2015 Standards.

In addition, from now until October 1, 2018, the CoARC Board is soliciting comments from its communities of interest1 regarding the 2015 Standards. It is important that these comments specify to which Standard (i.e. 2.04) or section of the Standards (i.e. Introduction) the comment relates. Comments should be submitted by email to the address below or to the feedback form on the Standards page of the CoARC website used exclusively for comment submission.

The Policies/Standards/Bylaws Committee will review these comments and the revision of the Standards will be an ongoing item on the CoARC meeting agendas until the 2020 Standards receive final approval. After the first draft of these Standards is completed, it will be distributed to these communities of interest for additional comment.

Interested parties are asked to provide their comments and contact information using this email address: shelley@coarc.comInterested parties can also provide comments by completing the following survey: Updates about the Standards review process will be posted on our web page at
Click here for a link to the CoARC 2020 Standard Revision Timeline

Questions about the process for submitting comments and suggestions should be addressed to Tom Smalling, Chief Executive Officer, at

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