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

The Professional Misconduct Regulation makes clear when a dietitian would be committing an act of professional misconduct that could lead to the suspension or revocation of their registration.

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