01/13/2020 - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the strongest, most comprehensive nutrition and dietetics licensure bill in a generation.
The new law licenses individuals as licensed dietitian nutritionists who have met ACEND®-accredited coursework and supervised practice requirements and passed the CDR exam for RDNs and creates a separate pathway for licensure as a licensed nutritionist for individuals with advanced degrees in nutrition meeting objective. The separate pathway requires coursework, examination and experience requirements demonstrating competency in nutrition care services.
The law also enables RDNs to order therapeutic diets, helps facilitate interstate practice, and eases the process by which RDNs can get licensed in multiple states.
This is the first time in more than decade that a state has passed a law requiring that enacts a practice exclusivity clause ensuring that only highly qualified individuals are able to provide medical nutrition therapy, defined as nutrition care services for the purpose of treating diseases or medical conditions.
The New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics had been advocating to obtain licensure for dietetics nutritionists for 30 years. Multiple Academy affiliates across the nation are advocating similar legislation.