"Conference-approved" -- What it Means
The term "Conference-approved" describes written
or audiovisual material approved by the Conference for
publication by G.S.O. This process assures that everything
in such literature is in accord with A.A. principles.
Conference-approved material always deals with the recovery
program of Alcoholics Anonymous or with information
about the A.A. Fellowship.
The term has no relation
to material not published by G.S.O. It does not imply
Conference disapproval of other material about A.A.
A great deal of literature helpful to alcoholics is
published by others, and A.A. does not try to tell any
individual member what he or she may or may not read.
Conference approval assures
us that a piece of literature represents solid A.A.
experience. Any Conference-approved booklet or pamphlet
goes through a lengthy and painstaking process, during
which a variety of A.A.s from all over the United States
and Canada read and express opinions at every stage
How to Tell What
is and is not Conference-approved
Look for the statement on books, pamphlets and films:"This
is A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature"
Literature" is not Conference-approved
Central offices and Intergroups do write and distribute
pamphlets or booklets that are not Conference-approved.
If such pieces meet the needs of the local membership,
they may be legitimately classified as "A.A. literature."
There is no conflict between A.A. World Services, Inc.
(A.A.W.S. -- publishers of Conference-approved literature),
and central offices or Intergroups -- rather they complement
each other. The Conference does not disapprove of such
G.S.O. does develop some
literature that does not have to be approved by the
Conference, such as service material, Guidelines and
Available at Most
Most local A.A. groups purchase and display a representative
sampling of Conference-approved pamphlets, and usually
carry a supply of hardcover books. Conference-approved
literature may be available at central offices and Intergroups,
or it may be ordered directly from G.S.O.
Groups normally offer pamphlets free of charge, and
the books at cost.
Conference-approved literature is copyrighted with the
Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.,
U.S.A. To insure the continued integrity of A.A. literature,
and to make sure the A.A. recovery programs will not
be distorted or diluted, permission to reprint must
be obtained from A.A.W.S.
(A.A. World Service) in writing.
However, A.A. newsletters,
bulletins, or meeting lists have blanket permission
to use the material, providing proper credit is given
to insure that the copyrights os A.A. literature are
The A.A. Preamble is copyrighted by The
A.A. Grapevine, Inc. Beneath it, these words should
appear: Reprinted with permission of the A.A. Grapevine,
Inc. The Steps and Traditions should be followed by
these words: Reprinted with Permission of A.A. World