College Services for the Public

Public Protection

The College of Dietitians of Ontario works in the interest of the public by setting and monitoring standards and providing support to Registered Dietitians for safe, ethical and competent food and nutrition services. We believe that this is the best form of public protection.

Register of Dietitians

The Register of Dietitians maintains a current list of dietitians who can practice in Ontario. It is available on the College website. The public can rely on it to verify that their Registered Dietitian is qualified to practice dietetics in Ontario. It gives important information about a dietitian’s business contacts, registration and disciplinary history and restrictions on a dietitian’s practice, if there are any.

Public Education

The College provides information and guidance to members of the public, employers and health care providers about dietetic services, such as:
  • Answering questions about the professional standards and obligations of Registered Dietitians;
  • Giving information about dietitians such as where they work, the languages in which they can provide services, whether they are under review for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, or have had their Certificate of Registration suspended or revoked;
  • Guiding members of the public through a College procedure such as the complaints process;
  • Providing services in French to the best ability of the College;
  • Providing information on the website and print material about dietitians, about the College of Dietitians of Ontario and how it operates in the interest of the public.

Complaints or Concerns About the Services of a Dietitian

The College assists people who have concerns about the services they have received from a Registered Dietitian. College staff is available to answer questions, to discuss a concern and to provide information about how to make a complaint.

The College of Dietitians of Ontario investigates complaints and reports about the performance and conduct of a Registered Dietitian. Decisions resulting from an investigation may include:
  • providing guidance and orders to a dietitian to improve their practice;
  • suspending a member's certificate of registration; or
  • revoking a member's certificate of registration.
In the event that a Registered Dietitian sexually abuses a patient or client, the College of Dietitians of Ontario has funding available for that patient or client for counselling and therapy