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AAAOM Action Items

What's the AAAOM up to lately?

This page is devoted to those actions that AAAOM takes on your behalf which generally take place behind the scenes but represent an important part of our mission.


AAAOM’s 2013 Annual Meeting Delivers New Initiatives for Upcoming Year

    April 1, 2013: AAAOM Names Executive Director

      Denise GrahamThe American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), at its annual meeting held in Dallas this month, has named Denise Graham as its new executive director, effective April 1.

      Ms. Graham, of Alexandria, Virginia, is the former executive vice president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, (APIC) in Washington, DC where she worked for eight years prior to her new post with AAAOM.

      Download: AAAOM Press Release Announcing New Executive Director

    September 6, 2012: AAAOM's presence at the Democratic National Convention

      AAAOM is present at the DNC this week, distributing 40,000 Info Cards about the benefits of choosing a state licensed acupuncturist.

    July 12, 2012: Fighting the ban on importation of E Jiao (Colla Corii Asini)

      Over the past few months, importers of Chinese herbs and herbal products which contain E Jiao (Colla Corii Asini), a gelatin product derived from domesticated donkey hide, have been stopped at the border. The U.S. Endangered Species Act prevents the importation of African donkeys (Equus africannus) or products made from these donkeys because they are endangered. Since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not able to distinguish other donkeys from the African donkeys, importation of all donkey products is prohibited.

      The relevant CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) listing is specifically for Equus africanus (African wild ass). The listing clearly states that it "Excludes the domesticated form, which is referenced as Equus asinus, and is not subject to the provisions of the Convention.”

      Our job at the AAAOM is to ensure that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service understands that the domesticated donkey used in Chinese medicine is not the same as the endangered African species. In support of this action item, we have drafted a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describing these differences, thus ensuring practitioners have uninterrupted access to this important medicinal product that serves the needs of our patients.

      Please see our downloadable PDF sent to the Division of Policy and Directives Management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

      Download: AAAOM Letter about Colla Corii Asini

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