North Carolina

This state has a law currently in place; read below to see whether your background qualifies you to practice. Please note bills and amendments can be introduced at any time, so check the Get Involved area below to see what bills we're actively monitoring in this state. If action on a specific bill is needed, additional materials will be posted to this page.
 
H 357 to favorably amend the current Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act to be more inclusive has been introduced this session. It unanimously passed the House on 5/11/17 and will move on to the Senate side. Scroll to the Get Involved section for updates and actions as we have more information. 

Waiting for Senate to take up H 357

H 357 will create a licensure path for non-dietitian nutritionists. It also contains an exemption for those doing health and lifestyle coaching which allows providing education and advice that is not targeted to a medical condition. A lot of work is being done to encourage the Senate Rules Committee Chair to schedule this bill for a hearing. but rIght now the Senate is tied up with getting the state budget passed so calls and emails are not especially useful. We will post as soon as those contacts are more likely to have an impact. Please check back often for updates about the bill's movement through the state Senate and any needed actions.

CURRENT LAW

Summary: 

This law is an Exclusive Scope of Practice Licensure law. This law has requirements that effectively licenses Registered Dietitians (RDs) only. Only a licensed dietitian can provide nutrition care including: assessment, goal setting, counseling, or advice. There is no licensure pathway for non-RD’s. This law also extends to electronic means of providing nutrition care.

Disclaimer: This information does not constitute legal advice. This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.

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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Currently, there is no state specific information available for this profession.
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Currently, there is no state specific information available for this profession.
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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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Currently, there is no state specific information available for this profession.
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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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