Do exclusionary nutrition licensure laws threaten other healthcare professions?

Any healthcare professional that does not have a state license with a scope of practice that includes nutrition is threatened. In a state with exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensure, those other healthcare professionals would not be able to legally perform nutrition counseling unless explicitly exempted. Many professionals are potentially impacted:

  • Athletic Trainer, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Naturopathic Doctors, Nurse Pracitioners, and Pharmacists
    Laws vary significantly from state to state for the following professions with respect to nutrition care: Chiropractor, Naturopathic Doctor, Pharmacist, Acupuncturist, or Nurses. 

  • Nutrition providers (such as health coaches or nutritionists from non-accredited programs), herbalists, massage therapists, mental health professionals, personal trainers and others
    In general these categories of practitioners do not have laws that explicitly allow them to practice nutrition. 

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