This section provides key resources designed to help employers understand and fulfill their obligations when employing or contracting the services of dietitians.

Note:  This website provides current and updated information. Should there be a difference with documentation previously distributed to members, it is up to the members to source the latest version posted on the College website.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers have a significant role to play in helping the College regulate the dietitian profession so that the public can have access to safe, ethical and competent dietetic services. Employer responsibilities include mandatory reporting, supervision of temporary members, and respecting the responsibilities and obligations of dietitian employees.

Dietitian Responsibilities

Dietitians are regulated health professionals who have a number of responsibilities and obligations which are relevant to their employment. These include using the RD title, working within the dietetic scope of practice, fulfilling record-keeping obligations, obtaining consent to health care and having liability insurance. It is important that employers understand and respect the professional obligations of dietitians.

Dietetic scope of practice

Controlled acts are health care actions that are considered potentially harmful if performed by unqualified persons. The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, sets these out. See a list of those controlled act here

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a temporary member use the dietitian title?

Yes, to learn please click here.

How do I confirm that a member has paid their fees and is in good standing with the College?

Consult the Register of Dietitians to make sure a member is in good standing with the College.

When is the best time to check the register to confirm that RDs have renewed their College registration?

Suspensions for non-payment of fees and not completing renewal occur in early December.   Renewal deadline is October 31. Members can renew their membership between September 1 – October 31. If the member’s record shows a “valid through” date of October 31 of the current year, it means they have not yet renewed.  If it shows valid through October 31 of following year, the member has renewed.

When will a Temporary Member receive exam results?

Exam results will be released to candidates in late January for the November administration and late June for the May administration of the exam.

Can a temporary member who has failed the exam for the first time continue to use the RD title while their employer prepares a supervision plan for College approval?

If the employer agrees to a supervision plan, the temporary member can continue to use the RD title. If their employer informs a temporary member that they will not be preparing a supervision plan for College approval, ​the temporary member must stop practicing immediately.


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