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Scope and Standards of Practice

Scope of practice in nutrition and dietetics encompasses the range of roles, activities, laws and regulations within which nutrition and dietetics practitioners perform. For credentialed practitioners, scope of practice is typically established within the practice act and interpreted and controlled by the agency or board that regulates the practice of the profession in a given state.


The Standards of Practice (SOP) and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP) are intended for use by credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners to assess their individual performance and determine if their practice is meeting the level of competence needed to assure safe, equitable, and quality practice for person-centered care and delivery of services. As a part of the Scope of Practice, the SOP and SOPP are tools for credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners that describe competent levels of practice. The SOP in nutrition care relates to direct care of individuals and the SOPP focuses on domains of professional performance. They serve as guides for self-evaluation and to determine the education and skills needed to advance a practitioner’s level of practice. Although not regulations, the standards may be used by regulatory and accreditation agencies to determine competency for credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners.


Learning Modules

Each of the Scope or Standards learning modules are divided into two parts and include an informative webinar and case studies illustrating application of the information that offers an opportunity to earn a continuing professional education credit for each. After watching both parts of each learning module, submit the Critical Thinking Skills form and take a short quiz to earn 1.0 CPEU.


Focus Area Standards for RDNs

Focus Area Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance are tools used by RDNs  for self-assessment, professional development and advancement of practice. Learn more by reviewing articles from the Journal collections, or the available Highlights below.


Focus Area Standards with CDR Specialist Credentials Journal Collection


Focus Area Standards for RDNs Journal Collection