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 Actively Engaged 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 is in the Senate Rules committee for short session 2018 (May 16 to early July). It unanimously passed the House last spring but failed to get a hearing in Senate Rules last session. Scroll to the Actively Engaged section for current actions to take on this bill. 

Advocacy for Senate Rules to hear 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.

 

The Senate Rules Committee has over 500 bills it will choose from, to hear during the short, six week session. The first hurdle is getting a hearing for H 357; if it passes out, then it has to get passed out of the Senate Health Committee and then go to the Senate floor for a vote. Time is short and we need to keep awareness of this bill and constituent support for it, high during the entire process.

 

If you are a NC resident and want to email you state senator, we make it easy here: https://app.muster.com/take-action/c0qOLJGJIn/

 

If you are interested in also making calls and/or visits to your Senator’s office, send us an email to info@nutritionadvocacy.org with your name, physical address (so we can match to your Senate District and Senator) and any nutrition credentials, if you have them, or indicate if you are an interested consumer.

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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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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