Mission and Goals
  • Mission

    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.