Competent Care

Getting Good Advice

The College encourages people to ask questions when choosing their health care professionals.

Make sure the advice you’re receiving is in your best interest by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Are you working with a regulated, registered health professional?
  • Are they making recommendations that are sound, and based on accepted standards and scientific evidence?
  • Is the person providing advice also selling a product? Do they have your interest or their business interest at heart?

If you ask, a regulated health care professional is required to provide the following information:

  • Name, business phone number and business address
  • Professional designation/professional regulatory body and registration number
  • Practice permit issued by the regulatory body
  • Information about education, training and experience

Quality Care

Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists are experts in food and human nutrition. The College of Dietitians of Alberta ensures that regulated members practice according to the Code of Ethics and the Professional Standards established for the profession. The Continuing Competence Program provides the public assurance that regulated members of the College continue to meet high standards of professional competence in their practice. You can always expect quality care from regulated members of the College.

We want you to be aware that anybody may provide nutrition advice. Only Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists have the education required to register with the College and are held accountable to the College and the public for their quality of service.