The NIH Consensus Conference on Celiac Disease in 2004 recommended the “formation of a federation of celiac disease societies, celiac disease interest groups, individuals with celiac disease and their families, physicians, dietitians, and other health care providers for the advancement of education, research, and advocacy for individuals.”  In short, the lack of unity was hurting the cause.

The ACDA is the federation for celiac disease in the U.S. with a membership that goes beyond the consensus statement recommendations.  Our members provide expertise in their respective fields and work together to develop sound public policy taking into consideration the perspectives of all segments of the community.  This collaboration strengthens our ability to be heard on important matters such as food labeling, funding for research, educating health professionals and the public.

The ACDA is open to for-profit or not-for-profit organizations or companies that meet the requirements of one of the membership categories:  Associate, Institutional, and Industry.

Membership Category Criteria


Associate members must be tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be established as member-based organization with patients and individuals affected by Celiac Disease as members.


Institutional members must be tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) or section 501(e) of the Internal Revenue Code.  It must be affiliated with an established university that recognizes medical director and celiac program.  The celiac program must have a base of patients and be active in clinical care, research, and education.


To be an Industry Member an individual or entity must have been conducting business for profit for a minimum of three years and have a direct interest in celiac disease.

2011 Membership Criteria and Application

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