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PROFESSIONALism and ethics

Professionalism for Registered Dietitians means being competent, honest and fair in their practice. Dietitians have a Code of Ethics, professional standards and competencies and a Professional Misconduct Regulation that set out their obligations and responsibilities for providing safe, ethical and competent dietetic services. 

The fundamental legal duties of every dietitian include: 
  • respecting the system of controlled acts; 
  • respecting the legal restrictions for the dietitian title; 
  • cooperating with the College in an investigation, inquiry or assessment conducted under the Regulated Health Professions Act;
  • participating in the College's Quality Assurance Program; 
  • not sexually abusing clients; 
  • not mistreating clients; 
  • reporting findings of offences and professional negligence; 
  • mandatory reporting to the proper authority for circumstances such as sexual abuse of a client, child abuse, abuse of an elderly person in a nursing home, or unsafe and unethical practice of another dietitian; 
  • compliance with the laws for health service providers such as the Consent to Treatment Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act