Public Act 333 of 2006 was officially recognized by the Secretary of State's office on August 15, 2006. This amends the Public Health Code to provide for the licensure of dietitians and nutritionists. Although the bill was set to take effect on July 1, 2007, the Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition finished promulgating rules for licensure in November 2010. To date this law has not yet been enacted.
What's at stake for non Registered Dieticians?:
It is important to note that this law regulates both the activities of practicing nutrition and the use of the titles “nutritionist” and “dietician”.
This means no matter what you call yourself, if you are not licensed under this law, or if you do not already possess a license that includes the practice of nutrition in it’s defined scope of practice such as an MD, you cannot practice. And even if your scope of practice allows you to practice nutrition, unless you are licensed under this law, you can not call yourself a nutritionist or a dietician.
Do you qualify? Find out here.
The Michigan Nutrition Association has been asked by the repeal bill sponsor to see if any compromise is possible on a law that would not create job loss. We are currently at the table with the Michigan Dietetic Association exploring that option. However the bill sponsor has said if nothing is agreed upon very soon, the repeal bill will begin its move. There is very likely to be a hearing on a Tuesday in mid to late October. Please find resources at www.nutritionadvocacy.org/michigan for hearing information as it becomes available.
Also there are three ways you can help right now:
1. Send an email in support of repeal to your own Representative. You can find a sample letter or talking points at www.nutritionadvocacy.org/michigan by scrolling down to where you see downloadable documents. The link to find your legislator is also there.
2. If you have thank you letters from clients you have helped, and have permission to share those, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Permission is important as these will become public record.
3. DONATE money to MNA. We appreciate the past contributions of MNA supporters toward the costs of a lobbyist for the last several years. We have recently added a second lobbyist to do everything we can to be successful in our efforts. Seeing this through the entire legislative process at best will take several more months and is not financially sustainable without your help now. Whether you've given in the past or never donated please consider how this law will affect you if it is not repealed and consider making a one time or monthly recurring donation by clicking on the Donate link in the left menu bar. Donations are through PayPal. Thank you.