Adherence to State and Legal Licensure Laws
|While dissemination of nutrition information and nutrition education are unregulated in some states, other states – have very specific definitions and laws pertaining to the marketing and administering of nutrition information. AASDN Programs are designed to meet the licensure regulations of most states, with the goal of ensuring safe, legal and successful systems for delivering nutrition information to the public. All AASDN Nutrition Specialist and Nutrition Manager programs/documents have been created by, reviewed by, and monitored by licensed registered dietitians/nutritionists. No program/document change can be initiated without prior approval by a licensed registered dietitian/nutritionist. AASDN has made every effort to meet the requirements of licensure laws in all states, however it is ultimately the responsibility of the AASDN Nutrition Specialist to abide by the laws regulated by the state in which he/she practices.The scripted AASDN Nutrition Specialist/Manager Programs allow you, as an independent consultant/ business, to incorporate nutrition into your exercise/fitness business while adhering to state licensure laws and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics guidelines. As an independent consultant, it is the responsibility of the AASDN Nutrition Specialist to adhere to the following guidelines and respond to any request for information by state or legal agencies.
Please read the AASDN Nutrition Specialist Candidate Handbook (online) and the following information carefully. Be sure that you adhere to all of the following guidelines. These guidelines should also be visible and available to individuals participating in your programs.
As an AASDN Nutrition Specialist you are not a licensed professional. Licenses are mandated through regulatory or government agencies and define the title and scope of practice. Doctors, nurses, attorneys, and public accountants are examples of occupations that require a license to practice.
A certification is the recognition of an individual who has demonstrated through a standardized assessment that they meet defined qualifications within a profession. Certifications are typically offered in industries in which it’s important to uphold certain standards. AASDN Nutrition Specialists uphold the standards imposed by state nutrition licensure laws through the use of documents developed by qualified, licensed registered dietitians. No program/document can be modified or altered in any way without approval by a licensed registered dietitian/nutritionist. The AASDN Nutrition Specialist Candidate Handbook outlines a clearly defined scope of practice for all Nutrition Specialists.
As an AASDN Nutrition Specialist you MAY NOT use the term “Certified” Nutrition Specialist – CNS. This term is trademarked by another organization. YOU MAY call yourself an AASDN Nutrition Specialist certified through AASDN for which AASDN holds a trademark. To reiterate, you MAY NOT put certified before Nutrition Specialist. Instead use AASDN NS or AASDN Nutrition Specialist.
As an AASDN Nutrition Specialist you may use materials developed by qualified licensed professionals of AASDN. You are NOT allowed to alter any AASDN materials, and no program changes can be made. YOU MAY NOT develop your own educational materials using either the AASDN logo, AASDN name, AASDN NS or AASDN Nutrition Specialist title. You may use the title AASDN NS or AASDN Nutrition Specialist on your marketing materials such as brochures, business cards, website, etc. You may NOT use these titles on any educational materials that you develop for your own use. AASDN will not be responsible for any materials developed by Nutrition Specialists unless prior approval in writing is obtained.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
All AASDN Nutrition Specialists must market their services in accordance with state dietetic and nutrition licensing laws. When marketing your nutrition services take note of the following items. You are providing nutrition education and training, however you are not a “Nutritionist” or a “Dietitian” and should not in any way market yourself using these titles. Strictly prohibited is use of the name “dietitian,” “licensed dietitian,” “nutritionist,” “licensed nutritionist,” “nutrition counselor,” or any other words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying that you are a dietitian, nutritionist, or nutrition counselor, or otherwise hold yourself out as such. Also you are prohibited from employing unlicensed persons to engage in dietetics and nutrition practice or nutrition counseling, unless the person is the holder of a valid license issued under the state licensure law of the state in which you practice.
AASDN programs are sound lifestyle and behavioral change programs and results take time and commitment. We do not guarantee or promise any results; make unrealistic weight/body composition change promises or communicate that we are treating any medical conditions. Any AASDN Nutrition Specialist providing dietary information other than AASDN program materials may be in violation of their state dietetics and nutrition licensing laws. Any purveyor of AASDN programs that uses any of the terms listed above in its marketing or portrays itself as dietetics or nutrition experts or as providing nutrition treatment for a specific disease will be in violation of many state laws. Violation in these states is a misdemeanor offense. Failure to follow any or all of the above Policies and Procedures deems the AASDN Nutrition Specialist as non-compliant with AASDN and its affiliates.
All AASDN programs call for screening of program participants for risk factors. All clients must provide the AASDN Nutrition Specialist with a detailed medical disease history. If a client presents with a health problem, the Nutrition Specialist must forward the information to the AASDN registered dietitian for review before working with this client.
AASDN does not endorse any particular supplements or brand of supplements. It is beyond the scope of practice for any AASDN Nutrition Specialist to recommend or suggest the use of any nutrition supplementation (vitamin, mineral or herbal). Any such recommendations must come directly from the client’s physician or a Registered Dietitian.
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