The Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) has formally commented on the importance of unity within the chiropractic profession. At its July 2007 meeting in Kansas City, Mo., the ACC passed the following motion: "The Association of Chiropractic Colleges formally acknowledges that the profession would be best served with one representative voice speaking on behalf of the chiropractic profession."
As reported previously in DC, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations brought the issue of unification to the table in March of this year, when it urged the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) to "set aside their philosophical and political differences and begin the process of merger." The ACA has said it "continues to stand ready and willing to begin merger discussions with ICA leaders.We invite our colleagues at ICA to meet with us to begin the discussions that will hopefully lead to a stronger and more powerful chiropractic profession." The ICA response to the COCSA merger demand stated, in part: "[W]e can appreciate the desire to further the profession of chiropractic. ICA shares these desires but does not agree on the course of action being proposed. ICA continues to pledge cooperative effort in those areas where a common voice can speak on issues. However, on those issues where a separate voice is needed, ICA will continue to express that voice."