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CDR Connection—Winter 2018

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Coleen Liscano, MS, RDN, CSP, CDN, CNSC, FAND
Vice Chair
Becky Sulik, RDN, CDE, LD
Public Member
Greg Rathjen, MBA, PhD
Rebecca Brody, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC
Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FACSM
Linda Gigliotti, MS, RD, CDE 
Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN, CD
CDR DTR Representative
Kevin Grzeskowiak, NDTR, FMP
Newly Credentialed Practitioner Representative
Anna Acre MS, RDN, LD
Board Certified Specialist Representative
Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLE, FAND
Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition Representative
Happy New Year! The Commission on Dietetic Registration is pleased to share this January 2018 edition of its e-newsletter, the CDR Connection: Power Your Future! In this issue we are highlighting the revised Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for the Registered Dietitian and Dietetic Technician, Registered, CDR 2018 National Election Voting Timeline, as well as updates on ongoing CDR initiatives. We hope that you find this newsletter informative and helpful!
To view past issues go to

Coleen Liscano, Chair
Commission on Dietetic Registration


Voting will take place February 1 to 15.

CDR 2018 Commissioner Slate of Candidates

The 2018 CDR slate of candidates and their biographies are available at the following link:

Did You Know?

Did you know that the revised 2017 Scope of Practice for the RDN and the revised 2017 Standards of Practice (SOP) in Nutrition Care, and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP) for RDNs, are now available in the January Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics? In addition, the Revised 2017 Scope of Practice for the NDTR and the Revised 2017 SOP in Nutrition Care and SOPP for NDTRs are now available on the Journal website under Articles In Press, and will be available in the February Journal in print.

The RDN and NDTR documents reflect changes impacting practice such as:

  • CMS regulation related to hospital ordering privileges for RDNs and delegated orders in long-term care for RDNs and NDTRs,
  • Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, which addresses discharge planning and transitions of care,
  • National efforts to address malnutrition, and,
  • New Practice Areas outlined such as Coaching, Global Health, and Telehealth.
Learn more about the Scope and Standards of Practice at

Maintaining Your Credential

You can find all you need to manage your credential by logging into the MyCDR page on CDR's website at Once logged in, you will see the MyCDR link in the upper right hand corner of the website. There you will find your original date of registration, your five-year recertification period ending date, and whether or not you have submitted your Learning Plan and/or Activity Log. You will also be able to:

  • view and update your contact information and reset your password under the Profile tab;
  • view and update your Learning Plan and add activities to your Activity Log under the PDP tab;
  • pay the annual registration maintenance fee and print invoices and receipts under the CDR Fees tab;
  • view and print invoices for CDR products, services and fees under the Invoices tab;
  • register for a certificate of training program under the Weight Management tab;
  • apply for a specialist certification examination under the Apply for Specialist Certification tab;
  • print a copy a registration identification card under the CDR ID Card tab;
  • view important messages from CDR under the Message Center tab;
  • apply for the Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition certification examination under the Apply Advanced Practice Certification tab;
  • apply for the Interdisciplinary Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management certification examination under the Apply for Obesity & Weight Management Certification tab;
  • Academy members may complete Journal quizzes and print certificates under the Journal Article Quiz tab.

In addition, newly credentialed practitioners will find helpful orientation information at the following CDR website links:
RDs -
DTRs -

CDR News Highlights

Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition Certification

Because clinical nutrition is who you are not just what you do.

The perfect opportunity to advance your credential has arrived: CDR Advanced Practitioner Certification in Clinical Nutrition.

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is offering an advanced practitioner certification in clinical nutrition for registered dietitians (RD) with at least four years of clinical nutrition practice. Apply now for the April 2018 examination window!

Applications for April 2018 examination are due March 2, 2018.

New CDR Specialist Certification

CDR recently made the decision to move forward with the development of a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition with a Critical Care emphasis addressing practice in critical care units for the pediatric population.

The designation for this new specialist certification will be CSPCC.

The first examination administration is scheduled for Fall 2018.

Continuing Professional Education Approval Criteria

CDR has revised the current continuing professional education approval criteria to require that all continuing professional education activity types (excluding academic coursework) addressing diet and nutrition topics, include an RD or DTR in program planning. This policy change is effective for continuing professional activities offered on or after June 1, 2018 and for CDR credentialed practitioners recertifying beginning a new recertification cycle on or after June 2, 2018.

Practice Competencies Initiative

The CDR Competency Assurance Panel collaborated with the Academy’s Quality Management Committee on the development of dietetics practice competencies and performance indicators. These competencies and performance indicators will replace the current learning need codes for the Professional Development Portfolio recertification system in 2015 beginning with new registrants whose registration begins on or after June 2, 2015 and current registrants beginning their June 1, 2016 recertification cycle. An article describing the development and validation of the practice competencies was published in the June 2015 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Informational webinars are scheduled for noon central time on each of the following dates:

January 24, 2018
February 8, 2018
March 15, 2018

To register for these webinars of for past webinar recordings and additional information go to

This page also includes several practitioner, educator and student resources. Recordings of webinar presentations made during 2016–2017 are available at the following link:

Board Certified Specialist In Obesity and Weight Management

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Specialist Certification in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM) credential. This credential will not only raise the standards in evidence-based practice benefiting clients and supporting CDR's mission of protecting the public, but it also emphasizes the importance of the healthcare team. Board Certification is granted in recognition of an applicant's documented practice experience and successful completion of an examination in the specialty area.

The CSOWM examination is administered annually in March and September. The content outline and eligibility requirements are available at the following link:

Upcoming Certificate of Training Programs

New Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults Pilot Program
April 26-27, 2018 ~ Virginia Beach, Virginia
May 10-11, 2018 ~ Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration Fee: $370.00
CPE Hours Awarded: 14 CPE hours for the face-to-face training. Additional hours for the pre-work will be awarded at the conclusion of the pilot phase.

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline and registration deadlines

Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent
Weight Management

May 31 – June 2, 2018 ~ Portland, Oregon
Registration Fee: $370.00
CPE Hours Awarded: 35

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, and registration deadlines:

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Staff Contact Information - 

Christine Reidy, RD - Executive Director, ext 4857

Kay Manger-Hague, RD - Director - Credentialing Operations, ext 4777

Pearlie Johnson-Freeman, MBA - Director, Credentialing Services, ext 4849

Caitlin Griffin - Sr. Manager of Professional Development, ext 4715

Jessica Rapey, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext 4816

Kim White, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext 4758

Peggy Anderson - Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext 4764
Rebecca Beavers - Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext 4781

Elaine Butler - Manager, Examination & Licensure, ext 4859

Beth Crowley, RD, Manager, Professional Assessment, ext 4718

Kristen Eis, Manager, Professional Development, ext 1739

Kelly Kim, Manager, Professional Development, ext 4830

Chris Kralik - Manager, Professional Development, ext 1742

Eileen Novak - Manager, Credentialing Operations, ext 4749

Tracy Strong - Manager, Weight Management Programs, ext 4783

Roxanne Way Carter - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext 4849