HB 4688 to Repeal law introduced!

posted May 7, 2013, 9:14 AM by Judy Stone   [ updated May 7, 2013, 9:18 AM ]
Rep Ed. McBroom, Vice Chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee has introduced HB 4688, a bill that would repeal the Dietetics/Nutrition Licensing law that was passed in 2006. though not yet implemented. The Office of Regulatory Reinvention after thorough study and review, recommended this action, citing lack of significant harm form no regulation, and the negative impact on job creation of similar occupational regulation.

This bill will be heard by the committee on Tuesday May 14th at 9 a.m. in Room 521 of the House Office Building in Lansing.We encourage anyone concerned with their right to practice to go to the hearing to show your support for the repeal. It is also imperative that all legislators, not just those on the committee, receives calls and emails. Most do not understand the difference between Dietitians and those Nutritionists who train outside of dietetics. Here are some points you can use to help educate them if this question comes up.

1. Nutritionists are trained in life sciences and nutritional therapy for prevention, disease reversal and management. They are trained in multiple, evidence-based dietary philosophies (rather than focusing on the food pyramid or my plate or USDA recommendations). Nutritionists focus on helping individuals understand the impact of food choices on health and help clients plan and implement healthier diets to improve health At more advanced levels (master4s and PhD) they are trained to conduct Medical Nutrition Therapy, assess lab work to assist in understanding nutrient needs and planning dietary and supplement protocols to address these. 

2. Nutritionists work primarily in outpatient settings (clinics) or private practice; Dietitians primarily (92%) in inpatient and institutional settings. Most dietitians see people once they already have one  or more diseases or are in a hospital or nursing home.

3. Dietitians curriculums focus on about 50% clinical nutriton with the rest divided between bulk food service management, policy, and research. 

4. "Registered Dietitian" is a private credential awarded by one private, trade association; dietitians are one subset of nutrition professional, not the entire field.

Please call and email members of the Regulatory Reform Committee before May 14th. Contact information may be downloaded below.

Judy Stone,
May 7, 2013, 9:16 AM