AIA has established committees to help carry out the tasks and responsibilities of the Board of Directors. Our standing Committees which carry out the ongoing responsibilities of the Board are the Education, Review, Research, Fundraising, Incentives, Grants and Sponsorships, and Publications Committees. Other committees formed to perform a specific, time-limited function are the Conference and Nominating Committees. All committees have basic purposes and missions to accomplish and also to carry out specific assigned tasks.
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The purpose of the Education Committee is to develop and update recognized school education guidelines, Clinical Member of AIA application guidelines and Continuing Professional Development continuing education approval list.
The Review Committee is a sub-committee of the Education Committee. The purpose of this committee is to review school applications and make recommendations to the Board whether or not the applying school meets the requirements to be accepted as a Recognized School. The Board, for qualifying schools, then officially declare the school as recognized and upon payment of the recognized school fee, the school is listed as an AIA recognized school on the website.
The purpose of the Research Committee is to gather and review research articles for posting on the AIA website, to offer guidelines to hospitals that want to incorporate aromatherapy into their health care programs, to seek and recommend research grant recipients to the Board, and support those who further the scientific investigation of the benefits of essential oils to humans and animals.
Fundraising, Incentives, Grants and Sponsorships (FIGS)
The purpose of the FIGS Committee is to identify potential sources of funds from individuals, companies, hospitals, foundations and other organizations; to develop an action plan for identifying what sources will be approached and how; develop and maintain written presentation proposals for potential sponsors; write grants to obtain funds; develop sponsorship programs; and ensure effectiveness of the programs established by the FIGS Committee.
The purpose of the Publications Committee is to have oversight of all the official publications of the AIA, and to create and coordinate the publications of all printed and web-based materials which includes the eNewsletter, website, brochures, flyers and various guidelines, all keeping within the goals of the AIA and for the promotion of responsible use of essential oils.
The purpose of the Conference Committee is to plan and execute a professional conference for the purpose of education, networking and promotion of the AIA’s mission, goals and accomplishments.
The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to each year prior to the Annual Members Meeting make a call for candidates for officer and director positions, to receive all qualified nominations for those positions open for the upcoming election, to prepare and publish the ballot containing all qualified nominees and during the Annual Members Meeting count and record votes received and announce the results of the election and then publish the voting results.