What is the Code of Ethics

Nutrition and dietetics practitioners have voluntarily adopted the Code of Ethics to reflect the values and ethical principles guiding the nutrition and dietetics profession and to set forth commitments and obligations of the practitioner to the public, clients, the profession, colleagues and other professionals.

The Code of Ethics Task Force started reviewing and revising the 2009 Code of Ethics in November 2016. In February 2018, the Academy Board of Directors and the Commission on Dietetic Registration Board approved the updated Code. The 2018 Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession is in effect as of June 1, 2018 and the 2009 version of the Code will no longer be valid.

  • Appraise Your Code of Ethics Knowledge

    The 2018 Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession sets forth the values, principles, and standards that guide the profession as a whole. The following quiz has been developed to assist Academy members in assessing their Code of Ethics knowledge.

  • Ethics Complaints and Violations

    The enforcement process for the Code of Ethics establishes a fair system to deal with complaints about members and credentialed practitioners from peers or the public. Support of the Code of Ethics by members and credentialed practitioners is vital to guiding the profession's actions and to strengthening its credibility.