Mission and Goals
  • Mission

    ICDA is the largest world-wide body of dietetics professionals. It supports national dietetics associations 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.
    The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations is made up of professional bodies where:
    • More than 50% of members of that association meet the ICDA definition of a dietitian (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.


    Our Goals 2012-2016

    Enhanced image of the profession with others

    • Greater involvement of dietitians in development of strategies for improvement of health globally, and in local implementation
    • Recognized leadership role for ICDA within the profession and by others
    • Stronger, respected and valued professional network

    Profile of the profession

    • Agreed upon minimum education standards for preparation of dietitians based on a competency framework
    • Agreement on inter-professional and trans-professional practice and professional autonomy of Dietitians
    • Agreement on Models of Care (Nutrition Care Process) and increasing adoption of the international standardized language for nutrition and dietetics
    • 2016 International Congress of Dietetics is a key professional development event for ICDA Workshops: Minimum Standards of Dietetics Education, International Dietetics Competency Framework, Inter-professional Practice, Trans-professional Practice and Dietitians professional autonomy. Lecture: “Work and Education of Dietitians Across the World”.


    • Increased membership in ICDA
    • Participation in development of international policy
    • ICDA Position on Food Safety and Security linked to the 2016 ICD “Sustainability” theme

    Marketing ICDA and the Profession

    • ICDA produced resources (e.g. corporate material) in use by ICDA Member Representatives
    • Marketing ICDA to external organizations (e.g. news releases)
    • Increased membership in ICDA
    • International Dietitians Day supported by ICDA Member associations

    Strong Network

    • Adoption of new technology (e.g social media) and enhanced communication with member associations
    • Six ICDA workshops and two plenary sessions at 2016 International Congress of Dietetics and taken to national dietetic association events by Member Representatives
    • Enhanced website supports specialized interests (e.g. students, research)
    • Increased frequency of Dietetics Around the World
    • Glossary of terms to facilitate communication within our network


    • Updated policies for membership, election of directors
    • Methods to increase the capacity of ICDA through Champions, work groups, committees and national dietetic associations
    • Increased frequency of directors meetings and regular inclusion of issue Champions, etc.
    • Better tools for efficient ICDA records management and internal communications