Statutory regulation is essential to practicing as a dietitian in the UK, and as such all dietitians are registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC sets standards of professional training, performance and conduct for the thirteen professions, and investigates complaints made against registrants. The HCPC works in partnership with the public and other groups, including professional bodies.
The HCPC’s primary function is to protect the public, while The British Dietetic Association (BDA), as the professional body, is responsible for supporting the profession in maintaining the highest possible standards in dietetics. The Association aims to inform, protect, represent, and support its members. It is also the Trade Union for dietitians and full membership provides Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Check whether your dietitian/nutritionist is registered to practice with the HCPC (http://www.hpc-uk.org/)
BDA Code of Professional Conduct
In the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of diet and nutrition problems, dietitians have a responsibility to act in a professional and ethical manner. The Code of Professional Conduct provides a governance framework to ensure the accountability of dietitians who work in the interest of public safety at all times.
In addition to this, the code provides a set of professional principles that apply to the wider dietetic workforce, which will provide support and help to make informed choices when faced with ethical and professional dilemmas.
Alongside the Code of Professional Conduct the BDA produces guidance on topics which affects their day to day practice.