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Iowa is an Exclusive Scope of Practice State that licenses dietitians. The law requires a license to provide nutrition care and services to individuals and groups including nutrition assessment, goal setting, nutrition counseling, or advice.

Holistic nutrition professionals may work within the exemptions found in Section 152A.3 which states:

The following are not subject to this chapter:

  1. 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.


  1. 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.

Iowa Chapter 152A Dietetics

Board of Dietetics – Laws & Rules

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