Florida is a Title Protection State. On June 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed into law, CS/HB 1193: Deregulation of Professions and Occupations. This new exemption will be codified as 468.505(n) in the Florida statutes. The legislation became effective on July 1, 2020, and amends the decades-old anticompetitive Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Act providing an exemption that will allow holistic nutrition professionals to work with individuals or groups of people for remuneration in the state of Florida.
Holistic nutrition professionals may not use the protected titles Dietitian or Nutritionist, nor any insignias associated with these titles (RD, RDN, LDN, CNS, DACBN). Holistic nutrition professionals may not state nor imply they are licensed or certified by the state of Florida.
A stipulation of this legislation prevents holistic nutrition professionals from working with clients who are under the care of a physician/licensed practitioner who has prescribed a medical nutrition plan or nutrition intervention. We urge practitioners to perform due diligence when meeting with prospective clients; gather detailed information about their current health status, determine if they are under the care of a physician, and ask if they have been diagnosed with a disease/medical condition and been prescribed a dietary intervention/medical nutrition plan. Prospective clients who meet the criteria above should be referred to a licensed practitioner.
The following is an excerpt from CS/HB1193:
The “Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act,” relates to businesses and professions regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and health professionals regulated by the Department of Health (DOH).
Provides an exemption from the requirement to be licensed as a dietitian or nutritionist for a person who provides information, wellness recommendations, or advice concerning nutrition, or who markets food, food materials, or dietary supplements for remuneration if the person does not provide such services to a person under the direct care of a medical doctor for a medical condition requiring nutritional intervention and does not represent themselves as a dietitian or nutritionist or as a licensed or registered dietitian or nutritionist;