Practice, Science and Quality

The Academy is committed to advancing the profession of nutrition and dietetics through research, science and quality.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure

This online tool is designed to guide dietetics practitioners through each step of the Nutrition Care Process while building a national quality improvement database with patient outcomes. In addition, it offers customizable charts, reports and visit summaries.

Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession

The Academy and the Commission on Dietetic Registration believe it is in the best interest of the profession—and the public it serves—to have a Code of Ethics that guides professional practice and conduct. The updated Code of Ethics recognizes the changes in nutrition and dietetics practice and is responsive to trends related to digital health care, social media and the evolving use of other technologies.

Evidence Analysis Library®

The Evidence Analysis Library is a synthesis of the best, most relevant nutritional research on important dietetic practice questions housed within an accessible, online, user-friendly website. With over 40 systematic review topics and 20 evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, the EAL® is free for Academy members.

Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative

The MQii aims to advance evidence-based, high-quality malnutrition care for patients who are malnourished or at-risk for malnutrition. The MQii is a project of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Avalere Health, and other stakeholders who provide expert input through a nation-wide collaborative partnership. The MQii offers a Toolkit and a set of malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that together provide tools and resources to help organizations understand malnutrition care best practices and identify quality improvement opportunities.

Nutrition Care Process

Assessment, diagnosis, intervention and monitoring/evaluation—NCP is a systematic approach to providing high-quality nutrition care using the most current evidence available. The eNCPT : electronic Nutrition Care Process Terminology Reference Manual provides definitions, application resources for each term, matrices for PES statement development and links to the newly revised EHR Toolkit 2.0.

Nutrition Research Network

Make your practice part of meaningful nutrition and dietetics research. This network brings practitioners and researchers together to identify and design research for real-world practice settings. NRN is open to all Academy members and no research experience is required to participate.

Nutrition Services Coverage

The Academy assists members by providing tools and resources to be successful at delivering high quality nutrition services and getting paid. Whether it is public or private payers, tools are available to market and support the business case for services provided by RDNs and NDTRs; understand changes in health care delivery and payment; and address essential information for compliance, business operations and coding, billing and payment for nutrition services.

Position Papers

An Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' position paper is a critical analysis of current facts, data and research literature on a specific issue. A key feature of the paper is the position statement, which presents the Academy’s stance on the specific issue that impacts the public's nutritional status and is controversial, confusing, or requires professional clarification. As of 2019, all Academy position papers will be generated from EAL systematic reviews.

Quality Management

The Academy assists members by providing quality tools for safe, effective, person-centered care. These include: the Standards of Excellence Metric Tool, which helps registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered evaluate their organization's programs, services and initiatives. Additional resources are competence, case studies and practice tips on topics such as ordering privileges, health and wellness coaching, telehealth, quality care, laboratory ordering, and when to cosign.

Scope of Practice

The Academy has designed resources to help members understand and describe the Scope of Practice for credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, including the: Revised 2017 Scope of Practice for the RDN; Revised 2017 Scope of Practice for the NDTR; Scope of Practice Decision Algorithm, Learning Modules where practitioners can earn CPEU, and Definition of Terms list. Scope of Practice in dietetics and nutrition professionals encompasses the range of roles, activities and regulations within which practitioners perform.

Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance

The Academy offers SOP and SOPP articles and resources to help RDNs and NDTRs assess their individual performance needs. These tools describe competent levels of practice related to nutrition and dietetics care and services. They also serve as guides for self-evaluation and practice advancement, and although not regulations, they can be used by regulatory agencies to determine competence for credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners. In addition to the Revised 2017 SOP in Nutrition Care and SOPP for RDNs and Revised 2017 SOP in Nutrition Care and SOPP for NDTRs and Learning Modules, there are 17 focus area SOP and/or SOPP for RDNs.

Quality Strategies

The Academy established a Quality Leader Alliance network to educate food and nutrition professionals on quality management concepts and resources. The Academy developed a Quality Improvement (QI) Practice Tip that provides guidance to RDNs and NDTRs and includes: 30-minute Quickinars or virtual huddles recorded by QLA members showcasing their QI project; the Quality Resource Collection which lists over 100 resources to assist with quality management knowledge; and Quality Strategies learning modules with CPEUs that describe the National Quality Strategy.


The Academy has developed a telehealth practice resource webpage. It contains: resources related to practicing telehealth, including a practice tip; information on policy, regulation, and payment; and information on technology and telehealth documentation.