Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Association for Nutrition Introduces New Ethical Standards for Nutrition

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Association for Nutrition Introduces New Ethical Standards for Nutrition

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Post-Leveson, post-Francis, and with Government in crisis over regulation of journalists, the debate over appropriate regulation of health professionals has sharpened. The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) recognises those who have studied hard to develop a core understanding of nutrition and how it can be used to benefit individuals and the wider public. Registered Nutritionists and Associate Nutritionists are outstanding as practising professionals for their competency to use that knowledge: the right attitude, reliability and commitment to ethical delivery of evidence-based nutrition information.

As professional bodies grow to accommodate dialogue about the most appropriate way to practise, and how to protect the public, so has professional regulation. Most professional bodies have introduced revisions to their ethical codes to address the need for their members to demonstrate greater competency, codes which describe a behavioural expectation aside from technical ability and allow the professional body (or regulator) to assess admittance to its register. …

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