Could appropriate regulation have a positive impact on Public Health?

Regulation is not necessarily detrimental in and of itself.  There are ways it could benefit society and practitioners of varying training levels.  Some approaches could include:


A law restricting the use of a title to those with specific training and experience,without criminalizing those who do not meet the specified qualifications, could:

  • Clarify a standard of preparation and a scope of practice to inform the consumer
  • Maintain a diverse and robust pool of qualified nutrition care providers
  • Minimize government administrative and enforcement costs
  • Nurture a competitive market and keep care affordable
  • Increase access to care
  • Promote jobs and foster healthy economies


A law that explicitly outlines the criteria for recognition of multiple professional disciplines within the field of nutrition, could:

  • Preserve a diverse, quality nutrition workforce providing a range of complimentary services
  • Allow for the possibility of insurance reimbursement for a diverse range of providers
  • Equip consumers to make informed choices
  • Nurture a competitive market and keep care affordable
  • Increase avenues of and access to care
  • Promote jobs and fosters healthy economies