Academy Creates New Tool to Ensure Consumer Protection

08/31/2020 - The Academy created an Incident Reporting Tool to support its efforts to protect the public, enhance the quality of nutrition care and promote self-regulation of the profession. The information collected from the Incident Reporting Tool will be used to facilitate stakeholders and policymakers' understanding of the value of qualified RDN care, including elected leaders, federal and state agency officials, other health care providers and the public.

The IRT enables patients, members of the public and health care practitioners to document examples of successful nutrition care showing the value of qualified practitioners or report incidents of harm or unethical practice. The IRT fills a critical gap in supplementing the documentation of certain noteworthy incidents in the provision of nutrition care services across the country.

Registered dietitian nutritionists across the country are encouraged to note that the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics requires reporting of harm, and this tool provides a uniform and easy mechanism to do so and complements ethically mandated reporting to state licensure boards.

Learn more about the IRT and to submit an incident of success or harm.