This law provides for the licensure of dietitians, and only those with a license may provide nutrition care. Under this law you cannot advertise or be perceived as “assessing nutritional needs of individuals and groups” etc. You also cannot do or say anything that would give the impression that you are licensed, registered, or call yourself a nutritionist or dietitian.
You can provide general nutrition information as to the use of food, food materials, or dietary supplements, as well as distribute nutrition literature, so long as you do not call yourself a dietitian or nutritionist.
You can also practice nutrition with the supervision of a licensed dietitian or licensed nutrition. This includes:
- Anyone pursuing a degree in dietetics, provided that person holds a title indicating status as a student or trainee
- Any person providing dietetic services, including but not limited to dietetic technicians, dietetic assistants, and dietary managers, working under the Regulations Governing Licensure of Dietitians Office of Health Protection
If you are employed by certain programs or businesses, you are not restricted from providing services and information related to nonmedical nutrition. This includes if you are a nutritional educator employed by a:
- Federal, state, county or municipal agency
- Another political subdivision
- Programs helping to prevent disease and maintain good nutritional health
- Chartered elementary or secondary school
- Accredited degree-granting educational institution
Furthermore, a registered dietician serving in the Armed Forces, the Public Health Service of the United States, or the Veteran Affairs can provide nutrition services such practice is related to such service or employment.
If you are licensed in a separate medical profession, you can engage in the practice of dietetics if you do not call yourself a “dietitian.” This includes dentistry, medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, nursing, or pharmacy.
You can market or distribute food, food materials, or dietary supplements and further explain how to use or to prepare those products.