RDs have a legal and professional responsibility to obtain consent when practicing dietetics. The fundamental principles and laws about consent are all based on respect for a client's right to make informed decisions about their care.

Clients have a right:
  • to clear and complete information 
  • to be involved in all decisions concerning their treatment, and 
  • to accept or refuse treatment. 
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Professional Practice Standards for Registered Dietitians

The Health Care Consent Act (HCCA), 1996 and the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), 2004, specify the requirement to obtain informed consent for treatment and/or collecting, using and disclosing personal health or other confidential information. This professional obligation is also articulated in the College’s Professional Misconduct Regulation.  

For guidance on consent consult the College's 
Professional Practice Standard: Consent to Treatment and for the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Health Information.