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, Clinical, Fundraising, 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 to carry out specific assigned tasks.
Committee Contact Information
The purpose of the Education Committee is to develop and update recognized school education guidelines, Advanced Practitioner application guidelines, monitor member’s continuing education, and arrange speakers for AIA’s monthly webinars.
Education Review Team
The purpose of this Team 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 and to review Continuing Education Provider applications. 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 or approved continuing education provider on the website.
- Collects and reviews up-to-date published research articles that are then regularly posted on the Members Only Research Database page of the AIA website.
- Pre-screens and recommends recipients who are APAIA and Professional members to the board for AIA sponsored research grants.
- Maintains records and follows approved research studies through their course for approved recipients.
- Holds scheduled monthly meetings and maintains minutes.
- Organizes efforts for outreach via social media and communicates this and all other activities to the AIA Board of Directors through a designated liaison.
AIA Research Committee Purpose, Vision, and Values Statement
Purpose: We are a community of aromatic professionals who strive to discover credible scientific research and foster evidence-based practice for all aspects of aromatherapy for the growing professional essential oil community on a global scale.
Vision: A community of aromatic professionals skilled in discerning credible essential oil research that supports evidence-based and evidence-informed practice.
Values: We support integrity, reliability, and best practice in aromatic research and reporting and serve as a resource for evidence-based aromatherapy research for medical and wellness care professionals.
Functions of the AIA Research Committee:
- Serve as a resource for credible aromatic research practice.
- Collect and review up-to-date published research articles that are then made available on the Members Only Research Database page of the AIA website.
- Pre-screen and recommend recipients who are Advanced Practice and Professional members to the board for AIA sponsored research grants.
- Maintain records and follow approved AIA grant funded studies through their process.
- Hold scheduled monthly meetings and maintaining minutes.
- Organize efforts for outreach via social media.
- Communicate all activities to the AIA Board of Directors and Executive Committees via designated liaisons.
It is the vision of the Clinical Committee to serve as a resource for clinical aromatherapy guidelines, models, policies, procedures, protocols, networking, and partnerships. The purpose of the committee will be to provide credible information to clinical sites to promote safe, evidence based use of essential oils within clinical healthcare settings.
The purpose of the Fundraising 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 Fundraising Committee.
The purpose of the Media Committee is to have oversight of all the official social media of the AIA, and to create and coordinate the publications of all printed and web-based materials which includes the AIA Journal Aromatics in Action, website, and social media 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 Nominating Committee solicits candidates for officer and director positions for the Board of Directors and vets all qualified candidates for the upcoming election. Ballots are prepared for the Annual Members Meeting, votes tallied, and results publicized.
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to identify the needs of our members and make recommendations to the AIA Board of Directors to implement perks and programs to support our membership, to identify measures to grow our membership and retain members, and to provide outreach to membership to learn how we can better serve their needs.
The purpose of the Business Committee is to educate, support and promote the businesses practicing Aromatherapy in our membership. Using feedback from the membership we identify and address questions and situations and recommend solutions for Aromatherapy based business issues and topics.