What titles are restricted by the law?


Under N.C.G.S. § 90-365(a) a license is required to use the title "dietitian/nutritionist" or "nutritionist." Additionally, section (3) of 90-365 provides that a license is also required to use the title "licensed nutritionist," or "licensed dietitian/nutritionist," or to hold oneself out as a dietitian or nutritionist. A license is also required to imply orally or in writing or indicate in any way that a person is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist or licensed nutritionist.

With the above noted, under N.C.G.S. § 90-365(b), the following is provided:

Use of an earned, trademarked nutrition credential is not prohibited, but such use does not give the right to practice dietetics or nutrition or use the general titles of "dietitian/nutritionist" or "nutritionist" unless an individual is also licensed under this Article. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, all of the following are permissible:

  1. An individual registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration has the right to use the title"Registered Dietitian" and "Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist" and the designation "RD" or "RDN."
  2. An individual certified by the Board of Certification of Nutrition Specialists has the right to use the title "Certified Nutrition Specialist" and the designation "CNS."
  3. An individual certified by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition has the right to use the title "Diplomate, American Clinical Board of Nutrition" and use th designation "DACBN."
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