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The Commission on Massage Therapy
Accreditation (COMTA) would like to bring your
attention to the following
- COMTA School Actions from the
October 2010 Commission Meeting (located onthe COMTA website www.comta.org )
- The Commission discussed the labels
used to acknowledge the status of accreditation for institutions and
programs and has re-evaluated the severity of Probation and Show Cause statuses. The
Probation status was previously used quite sparingly as a more extreme measure.
However, the Commission agreed at this most recent meeting that Probation is not
considered an adverse action and will be used to label institutions and programs
which need to be monitored for compliance with COMTA Standards. The status of Show
Cause is to be used in more urgen tsituations when the school is being
considered for revocation of accreditation bu tare provided one last opportunity to
demonstrate compliance before revocation. Please note the change in the usage and
respond accordingly to any status of Show Cause.
- COMTA Standard 3.1.5 has been
interpreted by the Commissioners regarding the meaning of “undergraduate” to
qualify instructors for this Standard to include individuals who have completed a
massage or aesthetics program.
- Appendix D.3 Catalog Requirements
Checklist – item number 33(a) has been revised to “Reference to a reputable
resource that lists the names, addresses and licensing requirements for all the
appropriate regulatory agencies in all states that regulate the practice of massage
therapy and bodywork and/or aesthetics/skin care.(e.g. AMTA, ABMP or similar resource
that is updated regularly with information for ALL states.)”. The updated checklist
has been posted on the COMTA website.
- Programs which had submitted SSR
materials during the 2008 and 2009 review cycles with certain Standards exempted
will be notified individually regarding the timeline for demonstrating compliance
with the Standards which replace the exemptions.
- For “New” schools or programs,
please submit your initial application no later tha none year after attending an
accreditation workshop. Applications must be accepted before submitting a Self-Study Report.
Your Self-Study Report must be received at least 9 months prior to the dates below
to be reviewed by the Commission foraccreditation:
- January 1st– to be on the October meeting agenda
- June 1st– to be on the April meeting agenda
- For COMTA-approved schools or
programs, please submit your renewal application and Self Study Report no
later than 9 months prior to the expiration ofyour accreditation.
The Alerts and Actions are located on
the COMTA website under the “Newsroom” tab. Click the“COMTA Alerts and Actions”.
Be sure to check the COMTA website
regularly for actions and alerts. The Commission updates
all pertinent actions and alerts on its
website. Please promptly inform COMTA if your school
has a new email address.
If you have comments regarding any of
the schools on this list please write the COMTA office.
For additional information concerning
this memorandum, please contact Kate Henrioulle,
Executive Director, at 202-895-1518, or
via email at email@example.com. You may also
email the chair of the Commission at