International Standards
  • The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations develops international standards in consultation with its Member associations. The international standards are meant to express those important matters to which we can all agree. ICDA’s international standards represent the common ground of dietetics around the world.

    ICDA Reports

    The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations undertakes studies and produces reports on the education and work of Dietitians-Nutritionists around the world as needed to describe the profession and inform international standards.

    ICDA Standards


    Dietitian-Nutritionist (2014) 
    “A Dietitian-Nutritionist is a professional who applies the science of food and nutrition to promote health, prevent and treat disease to optimise the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations.”

    International Code of Ethics and Code of Good Practice for Dietitians-Nutritionists developed by consensus with Member association Representatives 2008 and expanded by consensus of a working group of Member associations on evidence-based dietetics practice and approved by the Board of Directors 2010/published by the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations.

    International Standard for Education of Dietitians-Nutritionists (2014)
    The minimum level of education of a dietitian-nutritionist is a bachelor degree and a period of supervised professional practice of at least 500 hours and meets the international competency standards for dietitians-nutritionists.

    International Competence Standards for Dietitians-Nutritionists (2016)
    Those minimum competences that any dietetics practitioner should demonstrate at the point of entry to the profession, and will act as a framework for their continued professional development throughout their professional life.