The Nutrition Society
The Nutrition Society was established in 1941 to advance the scientific study of nutrition and its application to the maintenance of human and animal health. It is the largest learned society for nutrition in Europe. Membership is worldwide but most members live in Europe. Membership is open to those with a genuine interest in the science of human or animal nutrition. Full details of membership and application forms are available via the Society's website www.nutritionsociety.org
The Society publishes four major international scientific journals and has almost completed a series of textbooks on nutrition. Full details of the Society's publishing division, including electronic access to sample copies of the journals, are available via the website.
The Society works for professional development in nutrition for members, to recognise and encourage appropriate standards of training in nutrition. The Society offers professional qualifications to nutritionists through a number of registration schemes (Registered Nutritionist and Registered Public Health Nutritionist), the details of which can be found at www.nutritionsociety.org The Society also organises an accreditation scheme for courses in Public Health Nutrition and is setting in place a scheme for Nutrition Science courses.
The British Dietetic Association
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) was formed in 1936 and incorporated in 1947. It is the professional association for qualified dietitians in the UK, and a condition of full membership is the holding of a recognised dietetic qualification. A representative from the BDA sits on the Health Professions Council (www.hpc-uk.org). This body negotiates salaries and conditions within the National Health Service. It grants statutory registration to qualified dietitians, which is now compulsory for employment in the National Health Service.
The BDA has a commitment to assist its members to uphold the highest standard of professionals practice. The Continued Professional Development (CPD) policy adopted by the profession in May 1998, sets out the main principles of CPD; identifies the steps to be taken prior to engagement in CPD activity; provides guidance on the completion of a Personal Development Plan and gives examples of CPD activities.
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Last reviewed June 2011. Next review due June 2014