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Iowa

Iowa is an Exclusive Scope of Practice Stat. Iowa law requires a license to provide nutrition care and services to individuals or groups of people, and only dietitians may obtain a license in Iowa.  

EXEMPTIONS:

1. Licensed physicians and surgeons, nurses, chiropractors, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists or physical therapists who make dietetic or nutritional assessments, or give dietetic or nutritional advice in the normal practice of their profession or as otherwise authorized by law. NOTE: If you are a nurse you may not provide nutrition information outside of your normal practice.

5. Individuals who do not call themselves dietitians but routinely, in the course of doing business, market or distribute weight loss programs or sell nutritional products and provide explanations for customers regarding the use of the programs or products relative to normal nutritional needs.

6. Individuals who provide routine education and advice regarding normal nutritional requirements and sources of nutrients, including, but not limited to, persons who provide information as to the use and sale of food and food materials including dietary supplements.

The law in Iowa is vague, so we urge practitioners to err on the side of caution and only provide general nutrition information to clients. This is information that can be found in a book, medical journal, or on the internet and applies to generally healthy individuals.

Source: Title IV, Subtitle 3, Chapter 152A 

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