RDs can choose from several models of private practice including independent practice, partnerships, incorporation or consulting services. They can also set up a full or part-time private practice, or simply see one or two clients. No matter what model of private practice RDs chose, all carry professional, ethical and legal responsibilities as defined by federal or provincial laws and regulations, College by-laws and professional practice policies and standards.
While many of the laws and regulations dictating the professional obligations pertain to RDs working in direct client care, there is also application to RDs working in other non-clinical areas of private practice. The same client-centred principles apply in all dietetic practice settings, including private practice. An ethical practice is based on behaviour that is appropriate, responsible and professional.
RDs in private practice have a duty to maintain their College membership in good standing. They must carry professional liability insurance and practise safely, ethically and competently. To practice within the law in your private practice, it is recommended that you: