Protecting the Public in a Complex Health Care Environment: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Publishes Updated Code of Ethics

May 1, 2018

CHICAGO – 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. Effective June 1, the Academy's new Code of Ethics will go into effect for all Academy members and all practitioners credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

"Reviewing and revising the 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," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Donna S. Martin.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, representing more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners. The revised Code of Ethics applies to all Academy members and all CDR-credentialed practitioners, whether or not they are Academy members.

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." In addition, 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."

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 full text of the Academy’s Code of Ethics is available at


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