This law provides for the licensure of dietitians, and only those with a license may provide nutrition care. It is the most restrictive law in the country.
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 may provide a general program for weight control without a license if it is reviewed by, consultation is available from, and no change to the program can be initiated without approval of a licensed or registered dietitian.
You can market or distribute food, food materials, or dietary supplements and further explain how to use or to prepare those products. You may also freely distribute literature related to nutrition. If you sell dietary supplements, you are allowed to supply the following statements about the product if the statements are consistent with the supplement’s label:
- Claim a benefit related to a classical nutrient deficiency disease and disclose the prevalence of the disease in the United States;
- Describe the role of a nutrient or dietary ingredient intended to affect the structure or function of the human body;
- Characterize the documented mechanism by which a nutrient or dietary ingredient acts to maintain the structure or function of the human body;
- Describe general well-being from the consumption of a nutrient or dietary ingredient.
If you are practicing dietetics or providing nutrition services as a duty of serving in the armed forces, veteran’s administration, or public health services, you are exempt from licensure requirements.
You are exempt from the licensure laws provided you work under the direction and supervision of a licensed dietitian or other licensed health care provider. This also includes those working as a dietetic technician and those completing a program of dietetics and nutrition at an approved school, college, or university.
If you are employed by certain programs or businesses, you are not restricted from providing services and information related to non-medical nutrition. This includes if you are a nutritional educator employed by a:
- Federal, state, county or municipal agency
- Another political subdivision
- Elementary or secondary school
- Accredited institution of higher education
- Nonprofit organization approved by the board
Source: Title 47, Chapter 4759