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South Carolina

Sound Carolina is a Title Protection State. The law provides for the licensure of dietitians and protects the titles of “dietitian,” “licensed dietitian,” alone or in combination, or used with the letters “LD” or combination in any words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia. The law protects titles, but holistic nutrition professionals may work according to their scope of practice in South Carolina.


(3)(a) a person in a licensed healthcare profession providing diet, food, or nutrition information within the scope of his or her practice, except that the person may not represent himself or herself as a “dietitian”;

(b) an employee of a physician or osteopath who works in the private office of and under the direction and supervision of a physician or osteopath, if that employee does not engage in the practice of dietetics or use the title “dietitian”;

(4) a person who performs the activities and services of a nutrition educator in the employment of a federal, state, county, or municipal agency, or another political subdivision, or a chartered elementary or secondary school, or an accredited degree-granting educational institution if these activities and services are part of a salaried position;

(5) an employee of a state agency who is engaging in the practice of dietetics within the discharge of his or her official duties who is authorized to use the title “dietitian” and who is not registry-eligible or registered currently with the Commission on Dietetic Registration as of July 1, 2006;

(7) a person marketing or distributing food, food materials, or food supplements or a person who is engaging in an explanation of the use or preparation of these products or a person who is furnishing general nutrition information related to these products in connection with the marketing or distribution of these products, or is providing nutritional counseling in health, if that person does not represent himself or herself as a dietitian;

(8) a person providing weight control services through a program that does not allow program change to be initiated without prior approval by a licensed dietitian and the program has been reviewed by, and consultation is available from, a dietitian licensed in another state, which has licensure requirements at least as stringent as the requirements for licensure under this chapter, or a dietitian registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association;

(9) any faith-based promotional health programs.

Source: Title 40 Professions and Occupations, Chapter 20 South Carolina Dietetics Licensure Act. https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t40c020.php

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