Rhode Island

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.

CURRENT LAW

Summary: 

This law is a Licensure with Exclusive Scope of Practice. This law licenses Dietitians only under the title Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist or LDN. Only a licensed dietitian/nutritionist can provide nutrition care including: assessment, goal setting, counseling, or advice. There is no licensure pathway for non-RD’s, however there is an exemption for those who hold a PhD in nutrition or a related field “as determined by the Rhode Island State Board of Dietetics”. The law also cannot bar anyone licensed or certified in the state from practicing the occupation for which they are licensed as long as they do not use the title "dietitian/nutritionist" or use the initials “LDN” or any facsimile thereof. This state also has a separate Unlicensed Health Care Practices statute providing protection for many (but not all) unlicensed health care practioners who do not use protected titles, and are providing certain types of services. Please review this to see how it may or may not apply to your practice. 

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

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