Why CPE Credit Isn’t given for LEAP/MRT Activities
In June 2014, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) established a moratorium on awarding continuing professional education for LEAP/MRT (mediator release assay) activities. This decision was made in response to practitioner concerns regarding the scientific evidence base for this program.
Based on the practice paper entitled, Role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies published in the October 2016 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, CDR has made the decision to cease approving LEAP and LEAP related activities (i.e., certification courses, sponsored independent learning, etc.) for CPE credit effective October 2016. The practice paper documents that there is no evidence for MRT. For additional information on Food Allergies and Best Practice for RDNs, please click here.
CDR recognizes that:
- While there are evidence-based methods for diagnosing food allergies, current evidence does not support use of the mediator release assay (MRT test) for diagnosing a food allergy, as noted in the Food Allergies practice paper.
- To align with the Code of Ethics, CDR encourages any CDR credentialed nutrition dietetics practitioner working with clients with potential food allergies to utilize evidence-based practices as they implement the Nutrition Care Process. They should also stay abreast of the evolving body of evidence on this front to help interpret the science for their clients and patients.