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 Profession of Dietetics

This code was developed by the Academy and the Commission on Dietetic Registration to provide guidance to all practitioners on their conduct. A variety of ethics education resources are available to members, including toolkits, case studies, Ethics in Practice columns and more.

Nutrition Research Network

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

Evidence Analysis Library®

A web-based tool developed to provide members with research, evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, toolkits and educator modules. The EAL is a user-friendly database that all Academy members can access for free. Gestational Diabetes Guideline added.

Nutrition Care Process

Assessment, diagnosis, intervention and monitoring/evaluation — NCP is a systematic approach to providing high-quality, individualized care using the best evidence available. The eNCPT: Nutrition Care Process Terminology Reference Manual provides definitions, application resources for each term, matrices for PES statement development and, as an added benefit, links to the newly revised EHR Toolkit for free. Subscribers to the online eNCPT can access the terminology in English, Swedish, German and French. Members receive preferred pricing.

Nutrition Measures

The Academy has been supporting efforts to enhance the quality of malnutrition care delivered in the hospital setting. Plans are underway to include a malnutrition quality improvement toolkit and create electronic clinical quality measures.

Nutrition Services Coverage

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

Position Papers

A position paper is a critical analysis of current facts, data and research literature. A key feature of the paper is the position statement, which presents the Academy’s stance on an issue. The Academy and its members, other professional associations, government agencies and industry use position papers to shape food choices and impact the public’s nutritional status. Position papers are available to members for free on the Academy’s website and are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, such as the recently published Interventions for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.

Practice Papers

practice paper is a critical analysis of the current research literature that addresses a member-identified practice topic. Including peer-reviewed perspectives from content experts, employers and alliance groups, practice papers provide Academy members with information to enhance critical reasoning, as well as free continuing professional education.

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 related to electronic clinical quality measures; and practice tips on topics such as quality care, competence in practice and cultural competence.

Scope of Practice

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

Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance

The Academy offers a variety of SOP and SOPP articles and resources to members to help them assess their individual performance needs. These tools are for credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners and 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 competency 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, there are currently 17 focus area SOP and/or SOPP for RDNs.


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.