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New Jersey

New Jersey is a Title Protection State. A.1582/S.2625 was signed into law in 2019 and New Jersey is now a Title Protection State. Holistic nutrition professionals may continue to work within their scope of practice providing nutrition information to individuals and groups of people in the state of New Jersey. The law prohibits the use of the following titles: Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (you may use the initials “NTP”),  Nutritional Therapy Consultant, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, and Master Nutrition Therapist.

EXEMPTIONS:

For each statement, the statement “Does Not Prohibit” should begin the statement. Example: Does not prohibit any person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian/nutritionist from furnishing nutritional information as to the use of food, food materials…

  1. (New section)  A person shall not practice dietetics/nutrition, whether compensated or not, unless the person holds a valid license to practice in this State, except nothing in this act shall be construed to:
  2. Prohibit a person licensed to practice pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes from engaging in the practice or teaching of dietetics or nutrition within the scope of that person’s license or any other person licensed to practice or certified to teach in this State under any other law from engaging in the practice or teaching for which that person is licensed, regulated, or certified;
  3. Prohibit any student enrolled in a school or post-graduate course of dietetics/nutrition recognized by the board from performing that which is necessary to the student’s course of study;
  4. Prohibit any person from practicing dietetics/nutrition within the scope of the person’s official duties when employed by a department, agency, bureau, division, or other unit of the federal government, serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or employed by any State institution or facility;
  5. Prohibit any person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian/nutritionist from furnishing nutritional information as to the use of food, food materials, or dietary supplements, or from engaging in the explanation to persons as to the use of food or food products including dietary supplements;
  6. Prohibit any person involved in presenting a general program of instruction for weight control from doing so, provided the program has been approved in writing by a dietitian/nutritionist licensed in this State, a dietitian/nutritionist licensed in another state that has licensure requirements substantially equivalent to those of this State, as determined by the board, a dietitian registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, or a licensed physician; or
  7. Prohibit a dietetic technician from providing nutrition services under the supervision of a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

 

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