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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Code of Ethics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Commission on Dietetic Registration have adopted the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics (updated 2009). Students enrolled in Nutritional Sciences courses which have a practicum component (internship or pre-professional experience) are expected to abide by the most recent Academy Code of Ethics and understand the nineteen principles listed.

Principle 1: The dietetics practitioner conducts himself/herself with honesty, integrity and fairness.

Principle 2: The dietetics practitioner supports and promotes high standards of professional practice. The dietetics practitioner accepts the obligation to protect clients, the public, and the profession by upholding the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and by reporting perceived violations of the C through the processes established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its credentialing agency, CDR.

Principle 3: The dietetics practitioner considers the health, safety, and welfare of the public at all times.

Principle 4: The dietetics practitioner complies with all laws and regulations applicable or related to the profession or to the practitioner’s ethical obligations as described in this Code.

Principle 5: The dietetics practitioner provides professional services with objectivity and with respect for the unique needs and values of individuals.

Principle 6: The dietetics practitioner does not engage in false or misleading practices or communications.

Principle 7: The dietetics practitioner withdraws from professional practice when unable to fulfill his or her professional duties and responsibilities to clients and others.

Principle 8: The dietetics practitioner recognizes and exercises professional judgment within the limits of his or her qualifications and collaborates with others, seeks counsel, or makes referrals as appropriate.

Principle 9: The dietetics practitioner treats clients and patients with respect and consideration.

Principle 10:  The dietetics practitioner protects confidential information and makes full disclosure about any limitations on his or her ability to guarantee full confidentiality.

Principle 11: The dietetics practitioner, in dealing with and providing services to clients and others, complies with the same principles set forth above in “Responsibilities to the Public” (Principles #3-7)
Principle 12: The dietetics practitioner practices dietetics based on evidence-based principles and current information.

Principle 13: The dietetics practitioner presents reliable and substantiated information and interprets controversial information without personal bias, recognizing that legitimate differences of opinion exist.

Principle 14: The dietetics practitioner assumes a life-long responsibility and accountability for personal competence in practice, consistent with accepted professional standards, continually striving to increase professional knowledge and skills and to apply them in practice.

Principle 15: The dietetics practitioner is alert to the occurrence of a real or potential conflict of interest and takes appropriate action whenever a conflict arises.

Principle 16: The dietetics practitioner permits the use of his or her name for the purpose of certifying  that dietetics services have been rendered only if he or she has provided or supervised the provision of those services.

Principle 17: The dietetics practitioner accurately presents professional qualifications and credentials.

Principle 18: The dietetics practitioner does not invite, accept, or offer gifts, monetary incentives, or other considerations that affect or reasonably give an appearance of affecting his/her professional judgment.

Principle 19: The dietetics practitioner demonstrates respect for the values, rights, knowledge, and skills of colleagues and other professionals.