What Does the House of Delegates Do?

The Academy’s House of Delegates is the deliberative body acting as the voice of members, which governs the profession and develops policy on major professional issues.

To govern the profession, the House of Delegates:

  • Monitors and evaluates trends affecting the profession.
  • Monitors member issues and mega issues, and the resulting actions.
  • Approves standards of education and standards of practice.
  • Reviews, debates and approves professional standards.
  • Establishes the size and structure of the House.
  • Adopts and revises with the Commission on Dietetic Registration a code of ethics for dietetics practitioners, disciplinary procedures for unethical conduct, and reinstatement conditions.
  • Makes recommendations on standards, qualifications and other issues related to credentialing to the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Makes recommendation on accreditation, approval and related issues to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Provides direction for quality management in dietetics practice.
  • Identifies and develops position statements.
  • Provides oversight to Academy bylaws.
  • Assists with recruitment and retention efforts related to Academy membership, plus leadership development.

Delegates are responsible for providing regular updates on House of Delegate and Academy activities and requesting input on issues being discussed by the House. Requesting identification of trends and issues affecting the profession is a responsibility of these delegates as they report back to the committees and during House of Delegate meetings. Supporting the membership recruitment and retention efforts, along with identifying potential members for leadership roles with the Academy, are important for delegates throughout the year.