The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA) is the largest world-wide body of dietetics professionals. It supports national dietetics associations (NDA) and their members, beyond national and regional boundaries, by providing:
- Guidance, development and increased awareness of the standards of education and training that underpin the profession
- Leadership in dietetics in various contexts, with a focus on evidence based nutrition and dietetics practice.
- An integrated communications system for members
- Networking and professional development opportunities
- Promotion of the role of nutrition and dietetics professionals in enhancing health, supporting human development, and reducing disease.
ICDA is made up of professional bodies where:
- More than 65% of members of that association meet the ICDA definition of a dietitian-nutritionist (noting that different titles are used around the world)
- Members agree to adhere to the international code of ethics and the code of good practice.
- Increasingly dietitian-nutritionists meet international competency standards for safe, ethical and evidence-based autonomous practice;
- Improved knowledge transfer;
- Decision makers in health, agriculture and food have readily available advice from dietitian-nutritionists on sustainable food systems that promote healthy diets;
- Health agencies and health professionals are increasingly able to identify that dietitian-nutritionists are key members of the teams for reducing the burden of poor nutrition;
- ICDA is a strong, respected and valued global professional network
Actions to meet our goals
- Create opportunities to build knowledge about the profession by:
- Raising awareness of International Competence Standards for Dietitian-Nutritionists.
- Implementing the International Accreditation Process for Education Programmes for Dietitian-Nutritionists.
- Continuing to support continuing education and professional development.
- Continued monitoring of changes in education, practice and work of dietitian-nutritionists.
- Publishing a vision for dietitian-nutritionist education, training and practice to guide future development.
- Marketing of ICDA and the profession by:
- Establishing a marketing committee and revising the existing Marketing Plan.
- Participating in events organised by external organisations “Align with the best”.
- Creating new ways for Members to share best marketing practices.
- Utilizing the full functionality of the ICDA website.
- Increase opportunities for the profession to make its contribution by:
- Encouraging National Dietetic Associations to join ICDA
- Identifying financial barriers to membership of ICDA and explore funding opportunities.
- Development of consensus statements
- Working with other organisations and international groups eg. NGOs, food industry, when appropriate and developing policies to facilitate collaboration if required.
- Build Network Capacity by:
- Developing an ICDA Commission for Dietitian-Nutritionist Education and Accreditation (I-CDEA).
- Developing a Board Communications Plan.
- Strengthening liaison with regional and national dietetic organisations.
- Maintaining and continuing to develop the ICDA Newsletter.
- Reviewing ICDA By-laws to identify barriers to ICDA leadership.
- Developing leadership potential of National Dietetic Associations and their Representatives.