New Code of Ethics for Nutrition and Dietetics Profession
The Academy’s Code of Ethics has been updated numerous times since the 1930 publication of “A Professional Code for the Hospital Dietitian.” The most recent revision prior to this year’s was published in 2009.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of nutrition and dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
As health care becomes more complex and the areas in which nutrition and dietetics practitioners work become more challenging, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes that codes of ethics governing the profession must evolve as well. The Academy’s new Code of Ethics was effective on 1st June for all Academy members and all practitioners credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
The revised Academy /CDR’S Code of Ethics recognizes the changes in nutrition and dietetics practice and is responsive to new trends such as digital health care, social media and the evolving use of other technologies,” Academy President Donna S. Martin.
The primary goal of the revised Code of Ethics is “the protection of the individuals, groups, organizations, communities or populations with whom the practitioner works and interacts.
According to the code, “When providing services, the nutrition and dietetics practitioner adheres to the core values of customer focus, integrity, innovation, social responsibility and diversity. Science-based decisions, derived from the best available research and evidence, are the underpinnings of ethical conduct and practice.”
What is the Code of Ethics
Nutrition and dietetics practitioners have voluntarily adopted the Code of Ethics to reflect the values and ethical principles guiding the nutrition and dietetics profession and to set forth commitments and obligations of the practitioner to the public, clients, the profession, colleagues and other professionals.
The Code of Ethics Task Force started reviewing and revising the 2009 Code of Ethics in November 2016. In February 2018, the Academy Board of Directors and the Commission on Dietetic Registration Board approved the updated Code. The 2018 Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession is in effect as of June 1, 2018 and the 2009 version of the Code will no longer be valid.