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Massachusetts

Massachusetts provides licensure for dietitians and nutritionists and protects the titles of “dietitian” and “nutritionist.” Holistic nutrition professionals may practice within their scope of practice but must not state nor imply that the state licenses them. 

EXEMPTIONS:

Section 206. No person shall hold himself out to be a licensed dietitian/nutritionist unless so licensed under the applicable provisions of this chapter. This section shall not restrict any person who does not hold himself out to be a licensed dietitian/nutritionist from the following:

(a) pursuing a degree in dietetics or nutrition at an accredited college or university and engaging in the practice of dietetics or nutrition under the supervision of a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and in accordance with professional standards of practice, provided that the person is designated by a title clearly indicating his status as a student;

(b) fulfilling the professional experience requirement in dietetic or nutrition necessary for licensure who is engaging in the practice of dietetics or nutrition under the supervision of a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and in accordance with professional standards of practice, provided that the person is designated by a title clearly indicating his status as a trainee;

(c) furnishing information regarding food, food material, or dietary supplements;

(d) furnishing information about food, food products, or dietary supplements to customers in connection with the marketing and distribution of such items;

(e) practicing a health profession that he is otherwise authorized to practice under chapter 112 of the General Laws; or

(f) practicing a health profession that includes a dietetic or nutritional practice component, including, but not limited to, holistic medicine, naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine, macrobiotics, ayurvedic therapy, polarity therapy, shiatsu therapy, massage therapy, and herbal therapy.

Exemptions Source: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXVI/Chapter112/Section206 

Source: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXVI/Chapter112/Section201

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