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Dietetics and Nutrition

by Health Quality Subcommittee; and Rep. Magar and others (CS/SB 1208 by Health Policy Committee and Senator Bean)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Health Policy Committee (HP)

The bill revises the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Act. Specifically, the bill:

  • Authorizes qualified individuals to use specified titles and designations including, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Diplomat of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition;
  • Requires the Board of Medicine to waive the licensure examination requirement for an applicant who meets statutory qualifications and who is:
    • A registered dietitian/nutritionist who is registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration; or
    • A certified nutrition specialist who is certified by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists or a Diplomat of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition; and
  • Authorizes a licensed dietician/nutritionist to independently order a therapeutic diet if otherwise authorized to order such a diet in this state.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2015.

Vote: Senate 39-0; House 115-0