Licensed dietitians must meet qualification standards for education and training and must comply with professional standards set in state law and administrative rule.
These standards help to ensure that licensed dietitians provide services in a competent and professional manner to protect the health and safety of Oregonians.
Licensed Dietitians Must Meet and Uphold Standards
Consumers should be aware that licensure as a dietitian is voluntary in Oregon. Dietitians who are not licensed are not required to meet qualification standards or comply with state professional practice standards.
Sometimes, as in the case of Medicare, nutritional counseling for diabetes and kidney disease must be provided only by a licensed dietitian who is also a registered Medicare provider.
Individuals called nutritionists, even those called licensed or certified nutritionists, are not licensed by the State of Oregon. They are not held to the same standards by the State of Oregon.
The Difference Between a "Licensed" Dietitian and a "Registered" Dietitian
A "licensed" dietitian is an individual licensed with the State of Oregon. (See "State Standards" below for qualifications.)