Michigan

This state has a proposed bill which, if passed may alter whether or not you can practice; please read below for more details of both the current status and the proposed changes.

Negotiations Underway

3/17/14: HB 4688 to REPEAL the Dietetics Nutrition law is in the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee. Sen Rocca, committee chair is currently hosting meetings with representatives of Michigan Nutriton Association, the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, and Michigan Dietetic Association along with lobbyists from both sides, hoping to find a compromise. Chairman Rocca has made it clear that if a compromise cannot be forged, he will move the repeal bill. We are seeking repeal, and we are willing to talk compromise (starting with a level playing field). Regulation should serve to educate the public but not be used to interfere with competition as the existing law does. This process could take several months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Important Actions to take:

1. Before urgent action is needed, take time to meet with your senator and let him or her know about your profession if you are a nutriton professional. You represent a vote and a job in your community. And you help people get/stay healthy. Put a face on this issue for them. Don't wait until a bill is coming up for a vote!

2. If you are a professional, bring one or two of your clients who can talk about how you have helped them why you and others like you must be allowed to stay in business.

3. Click the orange "Get Involved" button below to stay informed and let us know of your interest. 

4. Contribute financially to this effort if having your business protected is valuable to you, or you care about keeping the right to see the provider of your choice.

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Background Information and Resources:

CURRENT LAW

Summary: 

Although MI has a licensure law with Exclusive Scope of Practice that passed in 2006, it has not yet been implemented because it took the licensing board several years to develop the rules (the details for the stated law requirements). Before the rules could be approved, MI convened an advisory panel to review all occupational licensing laws. In April 2012 the panel recommended that the Dietetics/Nutrition licensing law be rescinded. On May 2nd House Bill 4688 to repeal the Dietetics/Nutrition Licensing Law was introduced. Read the current law

PROPOSED LAW

Summary: 

This bill would repeal the Dietetic Nutrition Licensure law passed in 2006 but not yet enacted.

Nutrition care in other Health Professions

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Currenlty health coaches are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for health coaches to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing health coaches MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in a coaching practice.

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Currenlty herbalists are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for herbalists to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing herbalists MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in an herbalist practice.

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Currenlty personal trainers are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for personal trainers to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing personal trainers MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in a personal trainer practice.

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Currenlty retailers are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for retailers to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Retailers MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their work. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools at a retail location.

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Currenlty weight loss specialists are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for weight loss specialists to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing weight loss specialists MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in a specialists practice.

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