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. College bylaws 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.

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Registration with the CDBC and other members of the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies requires completion of a four-year bachelor degree in dietetics and completion of a supervised internship program (35-40 weeks) approved by the CDBC Board or equivalent academic and practical training. Applicants also have to complete the initial registration process and pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination.

Nutritionists are under no obligation to meet enforceable education and training standards in British Columbia.

Dietitians are experts you can trust.

Anyone using the title “Dietitian” or “Registered Dietitian” in BC must be registered with the CDBC. Registration with the College ensures public protection. Dietitians in BC are accountable to the public and are required to provide safe, competent and ethical practice according to the CDBC Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.  

You can verify that a Dietitian is registered in good standing with the CDBC by searching the Public Register of Dietitians.  Under the Criminal Records Review Act, the CDBC must ensure all Dietitians authorize a Criminal Record Check when they register and again every five years.  All Dietitians listed on the Public Register have met the requirement of the Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Check for work with children and vulnerable adults.

 

Dietitians are qualified and must stay qualified.

Registrants of the CDBC are required  maintain high standards of practice by participating to the CDBC’s Quality Assurance Program. The CDBC ensures safe and competent dietetic practice through other quality assurance initiatives:

There is no legislation in place to ensure nutritionists are accountable to the public to provide safe, competent and ethical services.