WHY HIRE A REGISTERED DIETITIAN
In the interest of public protection, the Regulated Health Professions Act
and the Dietetic Act
set out the responsibilities, powers and procedures for the College of Dietitians of Ontario to regulate the profession of dietetics to ensure that dietitians meet legal and professional standards for safe, ethical and quality health care.
High standards for academic and training must be achieved in order to practice as a dietitian in the province of Ontario.
These enforceable standards define the professional scope of practice, academic and training requirements, ethics, professional conduct, and continuing competence to dietetic practice. The high academic standards for dietitians include an accredited 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent degree with appropriate courses in science and human nutrition, an accredited dietetic internship or equivalent supervised practical training; and, successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination.
As professionals, Registered Dietitians are accountable for offering quality nutrition care.
In Ontario, Registered Dietitians work with a high degree of autonomy and are accountable to the College of Dietitians of Ontario for safe, competent and ethical practice. Each dietitian must participate in quality assurance and practice assessment programs to ensure continuing competency.
The Public has recourse for concerns and complaints about a dietitian's nutrition care.
When an employer or anyone else has a concern regarding a dietitian, they can easily contact the College of Dietitians of Ontario. The College has the legal obligation and power to investigate reports or complaints and to take action.