Welcome to the College of Dietitians of British Columbia

The titles "Dietitian" and "Registered Dietitian" are protected by law.  Only qualified health professionals, who are registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, may use these titles and practice as Dietitians in BC.

The College of Dietitians of British Columbia was established on November 2, 2002 under the Health Professions Act through enactment of the Dietitians Regulation. Bylaws for the College were approved by the provincial government on December 11, 2003 and on April 1, 2004 the College became the legal authority for the regulation of Dietitians in British Columbia.

Under the Health Professions Act, the mandate of the College of Dietitians of BC is to protect the BC public by regulating Dietitians to practice safely, ethically and competently. The College achieves this through fulfilling its Vision, Mission and Values Statements.

Registrants

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Employers & the Public

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Section 55 of the CDBC bylaws requires all registrants to carry professional liability insurance in an amount of not less than 2 million dollars per occurrence.

Registrants may obtain liability insurance from:

  • Employers/Health Authorities. Please verify this coverage meets the minimum requirement set in the CDBC bylaws. Remember this coverage may not include dietetic practice performed outside the employer/ Health Authority's jurisdiction.
  • Membership with Dietitians of Canada through LMS Prolink Ltd.
  • Sheppard Insurance Service Inc. or
  • Other private insurance providers.

In the past, applicants and registrants had to submit paper proof of professional liability insurance purchase. This is no longer required.

Now applicants and registrants legally declare they carry professional liability insurance when they apply/ renew their registration. The legal declaration is part of the Statutoty Declaration section of applications for registration and reinstatement. The CDBC will no longer collect paper receipts for liability insurance. Registrants are encouraged to save proof of insurance in their personal records.

The manual insertion of a feeding tube is an invasive procedure. In accordance with section 6 of the Dietitians Regulation, a Registered Dietitian (RD) may insert a nasal or oral feeding tube when acting under the delegated authority of a medical practitioner and in accordance with specified standards.

“Delegated authority” from a physician to insert a feeding tube means specific instructions for each client and dietitian.

Dietitians must be registered with Restricted Activities A and C to insert feeding tubes.
Annual declaration of certification and competence is required to practice feeding tube insertions.

Standards

Practice Guidelines

Declaration of Certification for Gastric (naso/oro) Feeding Tube Insertion

Declaration of Certification for Post-pyloric (naso/oro) Feeding Tube Insertion