What are the penalties for violations of the law?


  1. Employment of fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in obtaining or attempting to obtain a license, or the renewal of a license;
  2. Committing an act or acts of malpractice, gross negligence or incompetence in the practice of dietetics/nutrition;
  3. Practicing as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist without a current license;
  4. Engaging in conduct that could result in harm or injury to the public;
  5. Conviction of or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any crime involving moral turpitude;
  6. Adjudication of insanity or incompetency, until proof of recovery from the condition can be established;
  7. Engaging in any act or practice violative of any of the provisions of this Article or any rule adopted by the Board, or aiding, abetting or assisting any person in such a violation.

Denial, refusal to renew, suspension, revocation or imposition of probationary conditions upon a license may be ordered by the Board after a hearing held in accordance with Chapter 150B of the General Statutes and rules adopted by the Board. An application may be made to the Board for reinstatement of a revoked license if the revocation has been in effect for at least one year.

Per N.C.G.S. §90-367, the Board may make application to any appropriate court for an order enjoining violations of the Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act, and upon a showing by the Board that any person has violated or is about to violate the Act, the court may grant an injunction, restraining order, or take other appropriate action.

Finally, should a prosecutor choose to pursue a violation of the NC Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act, any person found guilty of such a violation, per N.C.G.S.§ 90-366, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Each act of such unlawful practice shall constitute a distinct and separate offense.

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