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PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978
PART 183A.
DIETETICS AND NUTRITION 

333.18351 Definitions.

Sec. 18351.

(1) As used in this part:

(a) "Dietetics and nutrition care services" means the integration and application of the scientific principles of food, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain the health of individuals.

(b) "Dietitian" and "nutritionist" mean an individual who is engaged in the practice of dietetics and nutrition, who is responsible for providing dietetics and nutrition care services, and who is licensed under this article as a dietitian or nutritionist.

(c) "Practice of dietetics and nutrition care services" means the provision of dietetics and nutrition care services. The practice of dietetics and nutrition care services includes, but is not limited to, each of the following:

(i) Assessing the nutrition needs of an individual or group of individuals based upon biochemical, anthropometric, physical, and dietary data, determining the resources and constraints to meet the nutrition needs of that individual or group of individuals, and recommending proper nutrition intake to satisfy those needs.

(ii) Establishing priorities, goals, and objectives to meet the nutrition needs of the individual or group of individuals based on available resources and constraints.

(iii) Providing nutrition counseling regarding health and disease.

(iv) Developing, implementing, and managing a nutrition care system.

(v) Evaluating, adjusting, and maintaining a standard of quality in dietetics and nutrition care services.

(vi) Providing medical nutrition therapy.

(2) In addition to the definitions in this part, article 1 contains general definitions and principles of construction applicable to all articles in this code, and part 161 contains definitions applicable to this part.

333.18353 Use of certain titles; licensure as dietitian or nutritionist required.

Sec. 18353.

Beginning July 1, 2007, an individual shall not use the titles "registered dietitian", "licensed dietitian", "dietitian", "licensed nutritionist", "nutritionist", "r.d.", "l.d.", or "l.n." unless the individual is licensed under this article as a dietitian or nutritionist.

333.18355 Michigan board of dietetics and nutrition; creation; members; terms.

Sec. 18355.

(1) The Michigan board of dietetics and nutrition is created in the department and consists of the following 7 voting members who meet the requirements of part 161:

(a) Two public members.

(b) Five members who are dietitians or nutritionists licensed under this part and who meet the requirements of section 16135(2).

(2) The terms of office of individual members of the board created under this part, except those appointed to fill vacancies, expire 4 years after appointment on June 30 of the year in which the term expires.

333.18357 Practice of dietetics and nutrition; licensure; establishment of standards by rule; continuing education requirements; interim standards; limitation.

Sec. 18357.

(1) An individual shall not engage in the practice of dietetics and nutrition or provide or offer to provide dietetics and nutrition care services unless licensed or otherwise authorized under this part.

(2) The department, upon recommendation of the board, shall promulgate rules under section 16145 to establish the minimum standards for licensure as a dietician or nutritionist and as necessary or appropriate to fulfill its functions under this article including, but not limited to, rules establishing ethics, qualifications, and fitness of applicants, complaint process, and penalties for violations of this article or rules promulgated under this article.

(3) Subject to section 16204, the department shall by rule prescribe continuing education requirements as a condition for license renewal. The department, in consultation with the board, may adopt, by rule, the continuing education requirements established by the American dietetic association or by a certified program that is recognized by the national commission for certifying agencies or by a nationally recognized trade association.

(4) The department shall utilize the standards contained in the clinical practice guidelines issued by the American dietetic association that are in effect on July 1, 2007, which are adopted by reference, as interim standards, until rules are promulgated under subsection (2).

(5) The department, in consultation with the board, shall not promulgate rules under this section that diminish competition or exceed the minimum level of regulation necessary to protect the public.

333.18358 Licensure; requirements.

Sec. 18358.

(1) Except as otherwise provided under subsection (2), an individual granted a license under this part shall meet 1 of the following requirements:

(a) Have a baccalaureate degree from a United States regionally accredited institution of higher education approved by the department with a major course of study in human nutrition, nutrition education, foods and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management, or an equivalent course of study, as approved by the department, have completed at least 900 hours of postdegree or planned continuous preprofessional experience supervised by a licensed dietitian or nutritionist as prescribed in rules promulgated by the department, and have successfully completed an examination that is approved by the department.

(b) Have a master's degree from a United States regionally accredited institution of higher education approved by the department with a major course of study in human nutrition, nutrition education, foods and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management, or an equivalent course of study, as approved by the department, have completed at least 900 hours of postdegree or planned continuous preprofessional experience supervised by a licensed health care professional who has experience and knowledge in the provision of dietetics and nutrition care services or by a licensed dietitian or nutritionist as prescribed in rules promulgated by the department, and have successfully completed an examination that is approved by the department.

(c) Have a doctoral degree from a United States regionally accredited institution of higher education approved by the department with a major course of study in human nutrition, nutrition education, foods and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management, or an equivalent course of study, as approved by the department, and have completed at least 900 hours of postdegree or planned continuous preprofessional experience supervised by a licensed health care professional who has experience and knowledge in the provision of dietetics and nutrition care services or by a licensed dietitian or nutritionist as prescribed in rules promulgated by the department.

(2) The department shall grant a license as a dietitian or nutritionist to an individual who is currently registered as a dietitian by the commission on dietetic registration and fulfills the standards of the commission as adopted by reference under section 18357(4). An individual granted a license under this subsection shall apply for licensure as a dietitian or nutritionist under this part by July 1, 2008.

(3) The department may grant a limited license to engage in the postdegree experience required under subsection (1) to an individual who has completed all of the educational and the examination, if applicable, requirements for licensure. A limited license granted under this subsection is renewable for not more than 5 years.

333.18359 Temporary license.

Sec. 18359.

(1) The department may issue a temporary license as a dietitian or nutritionist to an individual who does not meet all of the requirements promulgated pursuant to section 18357 or the requirements established under section 18358, if the applicant does all of the following:

(a) Applies to the department for a temporary license within 1 year after July 1, 2007.

(b) Provides evidence to the department that he or she is a dietitian who is registered with the commission on dietetic registration or who meets the educational requirements prescribed under section 18358(1) and satisfies either of the following:

(i) Has experience as prescribed under section 18358(1).

(ii) Has been employed as a dietitian or nutritionist for at least 3 of the last 10 years immediately preceding the date of the application.

(c) Pays the applicable fees prescribed by section 16346.

(2) A temporary license issued by the department under this section expires within the same time period as a nontemporary license issued by the department under this part. The holder of a temporary license issued under this section may apply for a renewal of the temporary license, but an individual may not hold a temporary license for more than a total of 2 years.

(3) The holder of a temporary license issued under this section is subject to this part and the rules promulgated under this part, except for the requirements for licensure.

333.18361 Third party reimbursement or mandated worker's compensation benefits.

Sec. 18361.

This part does not require new or additional third party reimbursement or mandated worker's compensation benefits for services rendered by an individual licensed under this part.

333.18363 Inapplicability of act to certain individuals.

Sec. 18363.

This part does not apply to any of the following:

(a) An individual licensed under any other part or act who performs activities or services that are considered dietetics and nutrition care services if those activities or services are within the individual's scope of practice and if the individual does not use the titles protected under section 18353.

(b) An individual who furnishes any kind of nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements or provides explanations to individuals about foods or food products in connection with the marketing and distribution of those products, but does not hold himself or herself out as a dietitian or nutritionist.

(c) An individual who provides weight control services under a program approved by a dietitian or nutritionist who is licensed under this part or licensed by another state that has licensing requirements substantially equal to those existing in this state or under a program approved by a chiropractic physician, or a physician, who is licensed under part 164, 170, or 175 or by another state that has licensing requirements substantially equal to those existing in this state.