Nutritionist-Dietitians in the Philippines are looking forward to reforms in the profession with the signing of Republic Act (RA)10862 – the Nutrition and Dietetics Law of 2016 on May 25, 2016 by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. RA 10862 repeals Presidential Decree 1286 signed in January 1978. To show the vital importance of the Nutrition and Dietetics (ND) Profession in nation building, and the development of registered nutritionist-dietitians (RNDs) who ensure the provision of adequate nutrition to the country and its people, the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines (NDAP) became the flag bearer that successfully pushed for the enactment of the Nutrition and Dietetics Law starting with the filing of the bill in 2014 in Congress (Senate and House of Representatives) until its final journey to the Office of the President.
The new legislation updates the ND profession and governs: 1) the standardization and regulation of Nutrition and Dietetics education; 2) the examination, registration and licensure of nutritionist-dietitians; 3) the standardization, supervision, control, and regulation of the practice of nutrition and dietetics; 4) the development of professional competence of nutritionist-dietitians through continuing professional development (CPD); and 5) the integration of the nutrition-dietetics profession.
It will take some time to have this law implemented because it will come into effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette. The Philippine Board of Nutrition and Dietetics, subject to approval of the Professional Regulation Commission and after consultation with NDAP, other agencies, and private organizations concerned in the industry, shall prescribe, promulgate and issue a Board Resolution on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of this Act within 90 days of commencement of RA 10862. Implementation will take effect 15 days after publication of the IRR in two (2) newspapers of general circulation. Still a lengthy process so all concerns and details regarding the Law must be adequately included in the IRR.
NDAP is the sole organization representing the professional licensed nutritionist-dietitian in the Philippines and has 24 active Chapters.