CIPS is an organization of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic societies, founded in 1992 to represent the interests of psychoanalysts belonging to independent component societies of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) in the United States. Membership in CIPS is open to all IPA-accredited societies in the United States, and to all members of the IPA who are not affiliated with CIPS through membership in a CIPS component society.

IPA is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for the profession of psychoanalysis. Founded in 1910, it is the oldest, largest, and most respected organization of psychoanalysts. Its mission is to advance psychoanalysis by ensuring the highest standards of training and practice. LAISPS became a full component of IPA in 1995.

The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc.) is an autonomous not for profit accrediting agency that was established in 2001 by The Psychoanalytic Consortium to implements its Standards for Psychoanalytic Education. The ACPEinc accredits psychoanalytic education institutions.  It assesses how well each psychoanalytic institute or training program implements the Standards of Psychoanalytic Education in light of its distinctive theory and training tradition.  External accreditation of an institute or training program provides parity with colleagues in other academic and health care disciplines.  It supports common educational standards and guidelines; and it encourages conversation among diverse schools, and cooperative scientific investigation.