Do the weight control regulations apply to me?

Follow this step-by-step diagram to determine if the amended weight control regulations impact your organization.

Are you providing a weight control program that meets this definition?

Per 21 NCAC 17 .0201 "A 'weight control program or service' means a general program of instruction with food, supplements, food products or a food plan designed for one or more healthy population groups in order to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. A weight control program is not based on an individual nutrition assessment as referenced in G.S. 90-352 and 21 NCAC 17.0101(11) and is not individualized to provide medical nutrition therapy as defined in 21 NCAC 17.0101(16) or nutrition care services as defined in G.S. 90-352 to manage, treat or rehabilitate a medical condition, illness, or injury for a specific person or group."

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Are you a licensed provider under Chapter 90 of the NC General Statutes with nutrition care services as part of your scope of practice?




No further action is required at this time

No further action is required at this time





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Next Steps

  1. Review the Rules and Statute that govern the regulation of Weight Control Programs.
  2. Contact an LDNLicensed Dietitian/Nutritionist., RDRegistered Dietitian, in good standing with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. or RD/LDN to conduct a reviewA "review" means the consideration and evaluation of a weight control program or service, in accordance with this Section, which results in either an approval or a disapproval of the program by a reviewer, as defined in this Rule. of your program. Arrange a consultation agreementThe form that indicates to the NCBDN that your program meets the requirement of having consultation available from an LDN, RD, or RD/LDN. Click for this form. with an LDNLicensed Dietitian/Nutritionist., RDRegistered Dietitian, in good standing with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. or RD/LDN (these may be two different people).
  3. Provide the NCBDN your contact information, and work with a Reviewer"Reviewer" means a person who is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist; a dietitian/nutritionist licensed in another state that has licensure requirements that are at least as stringent as under G.S. 90, Article 25; or a dietitian registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the ADA. to complete the written assessmentThe form a Reviewer completes when conducting a review of a Weight Control Program. Click for this form. and consultation agreementThe form that indicates to the NCBDN that your program meets the requirement of having consultation available from an LDN, RD, or RD/LDN. Click for this form.. These forms are available on our website.
  4. Submit these forms to the NCBDN at 140 Preston Executive Drive, Suite 205-C, Cary, NC 27513.


Glossary of Terms

Review – A "review" means the consideration and evaluation of a weight control program or service, in accordance with this Section, which results in either an approval or a disapproval of the program by a reviewer, as defined in this Rule.

Reviewer – "Reviewer" means a person who is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist; a dietitian/nutritionist licensed in another state that has licensure requirements that are at least as stringent as under G.S. 90, Article 25; or a dietitian registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the ADA.

Chapter 90 – Review Chapter 90.

RD – Registered Dietitian, in good standing with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

LDN – Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist.

Written Assessment – The form a Reviewer completes when conducting a review of a Weight Control Program. Click here for this form.

Consultation Agreement – The form that indicates to the NCBDN that your program meets the requirement of having consultation available from an LDN, RD, or RD/LDN. Click here for this form.