Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when RDs have personal interests that may improperly influence their professional judgment. RDs are in a conflict of interest when they consider their own (or someone else's) interests rather than the interests of their clients. An action that is perceived as a conflict of interest may be just as damaging to the RD-client relationship as a real conflict of interest.
Conflicts of interest can potentially undermine the fundamental principles of client-centred care and client trust. Consequently, RDs need to ensure that their conflicting interests do not adversely impact the professional-client relationship. Clients need to maintain confidence and trust in the information and services they are receiving from professionals such as RDs. RDs are responsible for avoiding and managing conflicts of interest for the benefit of their clients.