90-352. Definitions.

The following definitions apply in this Article, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) ACEND. - The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists or Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.

(1a) Board. - The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition.

(1b) Certified Nutrition Specialist. - An individual certified by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.

(2) Dietetics. - The integration and application of principles derived from the science of nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food, and management and from behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain a healthy status. The primary function of dietetics is the provision of medical nutrition therapy.

(2a) Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. - An individual certified by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition.

(3) Licensed dietitian/nutritionist or licensed nutritionist. - An individual licensed in good standing to practice dietetics, nutrition, or both.

(3a) Medical nutrition therapy. - The provision of nutrition care services for the purpose of managing or treating a medical condition.

(3b) Nutrition. - The integration and application of principles derived from the science of nutrition, biochemistry, metabolism, and pathophysiology to achieve and maintain a healthy status. The primary function of nutrition practice is the provision of medical nutrition therapy.

(4) Nutrition care services. - Any part or all of the following:

a. Assessing and evaluating the nutritional needs of individuals and groups, and determining resources and constraints in the practice setting, including ordering laboratory tests related to the practice of nutrition and dietetics.

b. Establishing priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutritional needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints.

c. Providing nutrition counseling in health and disease.

d. Developing, implementing, and managing nutrition care systems.

e. Evaluating, making changes in, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition services.

f. Ordering therapeutic diets.

The term does not include the retail sale of food products or vitamins.

(5) Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. - An individual registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

(6) Telepractice. - The delivery of services under this Article by means other than in-person, including by telephone, e-mail, Internet, or other methods of electronic communication. (1991, c. 668, s. 1; 2018-91, s. 2.)