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New Jersey Dietetics and Nutrition Licensing Act

New Jersey is a Title Protection State. The Dietetics and Nutrition Licensing Act was signed into law in 2019. 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, however certain titles are prohibited.

Section 13 of the law prohibits the use of the following titles and states: No person, business entity or its employees, agents, or representatives shall use the titles, “dietitian nutritionist,” “nutritionist,” “nutritionist,” “dietitian,” “dietician,” “nutrition counselor,” “nutrition consultant,” “nutrition specialist,” “LDN,” “LD,” “LN,” “nutritional therapy practitioner,” “nutritional therapy consultant,” “certified nutrition therapy practitioner,” “master nutrition therapist,” “licensed dietitian nutritionist,” “licensed nutritionist” or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating that one is licensed for the practice of dietetics and nutrition or holds oneself out as a provider of medical nutrition therapy or as licensed under P.L., unless licensed to practice dietetics and nutrition under the provisions of P.L. A dietitian registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration may use the title registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist and the designation RD or RDN, and a nutritionist certified by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists may use the title Certified Nutrition Specialist and the designation CNS, and an individual may use any lawfully earned federally trademarked title.

Note: NANP Professional Members who are Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®/BCHN® may use this title as it is federally trademarked.

EXEMPTIONS:

Each item below should be prefaced with the statement “Does Not Prohibit.” 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…

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:

(3)   prohibit any person from practicing dietetics and 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;

(4)   prohibit any person who does not hold himself or herself out to be a licensed dietitian nutritionist or licensed nutritionist from furnishing nutrition information, providing evaluation, guidance, information, and education 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;

(5)   prohibit any person providing medical weight control from doing so through a program of instruction that has been approved in writing by a licensed dietitian nutritionist or licensed nutritionist in this State, a dietitian nutritionist or 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, a nutritionist certified by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists, a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, or is part of a plan of care overseen by a New Jersey State licensed health care provider who is legally authorized to provide nutrition care services for the purpose of treatment or management of a disease or medical condition;

(8)   prohibit any individual from providing nutrition information, guidance, encouragement, individualized nutrition recommendations, behavior change management, coaching, assessments, weight control services, or other nutrition care services that do not constitute medical nutrition therapy as defined in section 3 of P.L.2019, c.331 (C. 45:16B-3), provided that the individual does not hold himself or herself out as a licensed dietitian nutritionist or licensed nutritionist or as a provider of medical nutrition therapy.

A link to the full law is provided below:

https://www.lawserver.com/law/state/new-jersey/nj-laws/new_jersey_laws_title_45_chapter_16b

 

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