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Registered Nutritionist - what does it mean?

Be wary of people who call themselves 'Nutritionist'.  The term is not protected and anyone can call them self a Nutritionist with just a quick internet course which could easily put your health at risk.  

Check that who you see is accredited by an organisation that only accepts degree level education from an approved university and also requires continued education to keep up with the evolving science.

In the UK a Nutritionist will be registered with the Association of Nutrition which is a voluntary register of competent, qualified nutrition professionals who meet the rigorously applied standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition and its use in practice. 


All Registrants have a minimum of degree-level nutrition science and have committed to adhere to the Association for Nutrition Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance.  They will also have to demonstrate that they are continuing their education to keep up with the latest research in science.  They will also have insurance.


The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers.

If you are looking for a qualified nutritionist, always check they have the quality mark post-nominal letters RNutr or ANutr after their name.

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