Rules and Regulations

Passing and signing legislation is just the beginning. Once a bill becomes a law, it is sent to the appropriate government agency. That agency then writes supplemental rules so the law can be implemented. These rules are called "regulations" and this process is also referred to as "administrative law."

Once a regulation is written and finalized, it is codified just like statutes and laws. At the federal level, regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations. At the state level, they are published in the Administrative Code of the state.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has developed formal comments in advocacy areas on food, nutrition and health topics.

Why are Regulations Important?

The process of rule making occurs at both the federal and state levels of government, and both are important to the practice of dietetics and to the persons who receive nutrition and food services. Often they define requirements for specific services and identify the qualified individual to deliver these services. Regulations can sometimes expound on the law and be a source of additional information and detail.

How do I Follow the Regulations?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics follows the federal rulemaking process daily. The Academy affiliates follow state rulemaking. Every state government publishes a register indicating what rules are open for public comment and what programs are being pursued.

Academy members should monitor Eat Right Weekly for current information about the Academy's progress with regard to Federal regulations.

At the state level, members are encouraged to work with the affiliate's State Regulatory Specialist.

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