Definition of a Dietitian

A dietitian is a person with a qualification in Nutrition & Dietetics recognised by national authority.
The dietitian applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of groups of people and individuals in both health and disease. More information about the profession of dietetics is available on the following web sites:


International Code of Ethics for Dietitians 

Dietitians practice in a just and equitable manner to improve the nutrition of the world by:
 Being competent, objective and honest in our actions
 Respecting all people and their needs
 Collaborating with others
 Striving for positive nutrition outcomes for people
 Doing no harm
 Adhering to the standards of good practice in nutrition and dietetics

International Code of Good Practice for Dietitians

Provision of Service and application of knowledge:
 Provide high quality, cost efficient services in nutrition and dietetics
 Provide services based on the expectation and needs of the community or client
 Competently apply the knowledge of nutrition and dietetics and integrate this knowledge with other disciplines in health and social sciences
 Work co‐operatively with others to integrate nutrition and dietetics into overall care/service regardless of context
 Work in partnership with clients and users of the service

Developing practice and application of research
 Interpret, apply, participate in or generate research to enhance practice
 Develop a unique body of knowledge
 Have an in‐depth scientific knowledge of food and human nutrition
 Develop practice based on evidence

Communication
 Communicate effectively through nutrition education, education and training, development of policy and programs
 Advocate for nutrition and dietetics, the alleviation of hunger and the value of services
 Advance and promote the dietetics profession

Quality in practice
 Systematically evaluate the quality of practice and revise practice on the basis of this feedback
 Strive to improve services and practice at all times
 Maintain continued competence to practice

Continued competence and professional accountability
 Ensure accountability to the public
 Accept responsibility for ensuring practice meets legislative requirements
 Maintain continued competence by being responsible for lifelong learning and engaging in self development.


Agreed by the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA)
Adopted by the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) September 2008