Amend Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act

nc-stampHB 357 – Modernize Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act

Primary Sponsors: Rep. Chris Malone (R – Wake), Rep. Greg Murphy (R – Pitt), Rep. Gale Adcock (D – Wake)

SB 297 – Modernize Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Andrew Brock (R – Davie)

This bill was filed jointly in the House and Senate, and would expand the ability of nutrition professionals to practice in North Carolina by amending the Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act.

This bill would allow licensed dietetics/nutritionists to order laboratory tests related to the practice of nutrition and order therapeutic diets.

The bill would edit the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition to include a physician on the board, which would also include the following members:

  • Three members who are licensed dietitians/nutritionists;
  • Two members who are licensed nutritionists;
  • One member who will represent the public.

The Governor would appoint one licensed dietitian/nutritionist who is an educator at a college/university accredited by the US Department of Education and the licensed physician and the public member to this board.

The General Assembly, upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House would appoint one licensed dietitian/nutritionist whose primary practice is in a hospital or long term-care institution.

The General Assembly upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint one licensed dietitian/nutritionist whose primary practice is consulting or private practice.

The Board would also be required to publish disciplinary action taken by the Board.

This bill would also add license requirements for all licensed dietician/nutritionists to include the following:

  • A baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nutrition or an equivalent course of study from an accredited college/university whose curriculum includes the following courses:
    • 15 hours of clinical/life sciences, including: human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, organic chemistry and biochemistry;
    • 3 hours of behavioral sciences;
    • 24 hours of food and nutrition.
  • A Board-approved externship of at least 1,000 hours
  • Completion of the registered examination for dietitian/nutritionists administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration;
  • A criminal history record check.

All currently licensed dietitians/nutritionists would be grandfathered into these requirements.


A proposed committee substitute for this bill received a favorable report in the House Health Committee on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

This proposed committee substitute for this bill was also heard in the House Finance Committee on May 10, 2017.

The proposed committee substitute was heard in the House on May 11, 2017. The bill passed second reading in the House with a vote of 112-0, and will now move to the Senate.


This bill was referred to the Senate Rules and Operations Committee on May 16, 2017. This bill was withdrawn from Senate Rules on June 14, 2018.

This bill was re-referred to Senate Finance on June 14, 2o18 and passed Senate Finance on June 14, 2018.

This bill passed the Senate Rules Committee on June 14, 2018. This bill is calendared to be heard in the Senate on June 14, 2018.

Sen. Tommy Tucker (R-Union) sent forward an amendment to change a date and allow current members to continue serving on the Board. This amendment passed 44-0.

This bill passed second reading 44-0, and passed third reading. The bill will now move back to the House on concurrence of the amendment. The House concurred with a vote go 88-0.

This bill was signed by Governor Cooper on June 25, 2018 and is now law.



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