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Code of Ethics in Dietetics

The Academy and its credentialing agency, the Commission on Dietetic Registration, believe it is in the best interest of the profession and the public it serves to have a Code of Ethics in place that provides guidance to dietetics practitioners in their professional practice and conduct.

Published Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics Task Force reviewed and revised the 1999 Code of Ethics in March 2009. The Academy Board of Directors, Commission on Dietetic Registration and House of Delegates approved the revised Code in May 2009. The 2009 Code of Ethics was published in the August 2009 Journal of the American Dietetic Association, now Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, (pages 1461-1467). The 2009 Code is in effect as of January 1, 2010 and the 1999 version of the code is no longer valid.

Educational Resources

A variety of educational resources have been created to assist practitioners in understanding the practical application of the Code of Ethics.

Please note: Many of the resources listed below are not approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration as CPE activities, and therefore, cannot be used towards satisfying the required 1.0 CPEU in ethics during each 5-year recertification cycle for RDNs and DTRs. All activities to meet the required 1.0 CPEU in ethics must meet Professional Development Portfolio guidelines. Additional approved, ethics-related CPE activities can be found via CDR's CPE Database.

Academy Code of Ethics 'For Further Reading' List

The "For Further Reading List" can be used by educators to direct reading and learning objectives for students in the area of ethics and ethical behaviors as a professional in dietetics. Practitioners can use the list to keep current on ethics and the impact on practice. This list was prepared by the Academy Ethics Committee and will be updated once per year, in August.