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ACEND - International Dietetics Programs

Information for Programs

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has developed two types of standards for overseas programs:


International Dietitian Education (IDE)

ACEND's International Dietitian Education (IDE) standards are designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to sit for CDR's credentialing exam upon successful completion of the program and receive the RD credential.  IDE standards require students to be educated to work competently within the United States.  Students in a program accredited under the IDE standards are required to meet the same competency and supervised practice requirements as U.S. students, including the requirement to complete supervised practice hours in the U.S., its territories or protectorates.


Foreign Dietitian Education (FDE)

In comparison, ACEND's Foreign Dietitian Education (FDE) standards are tailored to meet the needs of the host country under the assumption that graduates do not intend to practice in the United States.  All candidates would be free to practice as allowed by their respective countries, and each country could develop an exam to offer a credential to meet local practice requirements.

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Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards (ERAS)

Except as noted in the Procedures for Review and Recognition of Non-US-Based Programs, programs applying for accreditation status must use the 2012 Accreditation Standards and the ACEND Policy and Procedure Handbook.

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Information for Students and Dietetics Professionals

Individuals with Foreign Degrees

A.N.D.F. International Collaborations Directory

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has released the third edition of the A.N.D.F. International Directory of Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Service Management and Health Sciences Collaborations. This publication was prepared by Mary Dinehart and Sarah Lanier, RDs and graduate students, under the guidance of Valerie B. Duffy, PhD, RD, associate professor of dietetics and research in the Dietetics Program at the School of Allied Health in the Division of Health and Human Development at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut.

The 61-page directory is a reference for dietetics professionals, describing Didactic, Coordinated, Dietetic Technician, Dietetic Internships and other programs that have international collaborations with over 50 foreign locations. The publication lists more than 100 partnerships and provides contact information as well as a brief description of the collaboration when available. The Directory was made possible through the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management.

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