The mission of the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of North Carolina from harmful nutrition practice by providing for the licensure and regulation of persons engaged in the practice of dietetics/nutrition and by establishing educational standards for those persons.
In July 1991, the Act to Regulate the Practice of Dietetics/Nutrition was passed in the North Carolina General Assembly. The first Board was appointed in early 1992. The first dietitians/nutritionists were licensed in June 1992. By early 1993, the Board had adopted rules that outlined the ways that one may become licensed, as well as a code of ethics, fee structure and methods for handling complaints and violations. Over the years, the Act and rules have been amended to ensure the Board’s ability to uphold its mission. To date, there are over 2,300 licensed dietitians/nutritionists in North Carolina.
There are seven Board members, five professional and two public. By law, there must be a professional member working in the area of clinical dietetics, management, education at the college or university level, public health and private practice. Four of the Board members are appointed by the General Assembly, and three are appointed by the Governor. Each Board member term is three years. State law limits Board members to two full, consecutive terms. Board positions (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) change annually.
The Board is supported by an Executive Director and part-time staff located in Cary, NC. While the Board has a statutory duty to report to various state agencies, the Board is not funded by North Carolina tax payers. All operations are fully supported through fees paid by its licensees.