About the House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is ACOEM’s legislative branch, making recommendations to the ACOEM Board of Directors concerning policy matters affecting the College.

These policy issues take the form of resolutions. Created in October 1966, the House usually meets twice a year — at the spring American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) and as of 2009, at ACOEM HQ in the fall with an option for remote participation electronically at the fall meeting only. House officers are the speaker, speaker-elect, and recorder, each serving a one-year term.
House of Delegates Meetings in 2021
         FALL Meeting 

        Friday, November 5, 2021
        Format:  Webinar (virtual format) 

        Delegate Check-In:    9:30 am, CENTRAL TIME
        HOD Meeting:            10:00 am - 12:30 pm, CENTRAL TIME 
        HOD CME activity in the afternoon:  Time and topic TBD (1.5 CME credits)

         * Resolutions due September 15, 2021. 

         Resolutions submitted after the deadline will be accepted at the
         discretion of the Speaker of the House. 
 ACOEM House Resolutions Form CLICK HERE  

         Send completed Resolution Forms to lucy@acoem.org

       * SHARE YOUR cOMPONENT AND sECTION nEWS AND aCTIVITES (before October 15, 2021)
         Component and Section News and Activities Form

Call for House Recorder 2021 

House Delegates and Alternate Delegates interested in seeking election for the House Officer position of RECORDER may apply prior to the Fall House Meeting or submit your nomination on the House floor. Advance applications must be submitted to Lucy Free.
ACOEM Recorder Candidate Form CLICK HERE 


The House consists of delegates — representatives from ACOEM component societies and sections, as well as direct members representing international members not within a component. Components and sections elect or appoint delegates. Direct delegates are appointed by the Speaker of the House.

The number of delegates from components is based on a formula as determined by the ACOEM Board of Directors (see ACOEM Bylaws, Article XI, Section 2.). Each section with 50 or more members as well as the Residents and Recent Graduates section are entitled to one delegate.

House of Delegates Work Groups

The House is made up of seven standing work groups.  The structure of the workgroups was revised in August of 2020 to closely reflect the the College's council structure.  

  • Internal Affairs, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures (Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee)
  • Scientific Affairs (COSA)
  • Education and Academic Affairs (COEAA)
  • Government Affairs (COGA)
  • Membership (COM)
  • OEM Practice (COEMP)
  • External Relations and Communications (CERC - new as of February 2021)
These groups of physician delegates and their chairmen are appointed by the Speaker of the House to consider resolutions and create work group reports. Work groups are encouraged to remain active throughout the year, primarily through electronic interaction.


A resolution is a motion — presented in writing — for action by the House. Resolutions may be submitted by members, component societies, sections, the Board of Directors, House officers, or ACOEM councils, committees and task forces. Resolutions must be submitted to the Speaker at least four weeks in advance of the next House meeting, allowing the assigned work group time to study the resolution in preparation for the meeting.

Later resolutions may be presented up to the time that the meeting starts but will be discussed at that meeting only if a simple majority of the delegates agree to consider it. Resolutions are voted on by the entire House of Delegates, and the Speaker submits passed resolutions as action items at the next Board of Directors meeting.


Lucy Free

Director, Governance
847-818-1800, ext. 1373