Country – Switzerland
The Swiss Association of registered dietitians has 1000 members and represents about 90% of all dietitians working in Switzerland. There are two universities of applied science where nutrition and dietetics can be studied. The Swiss Association is working closely with these universities. Thus, it seems to be easy to implement standards and to get together in order to have common projects and to get to a national consensus.
But Switzerland has three parts and each part speaks a different language. Additionally, there are notable cultural influences from Italy in the Italian speaking part, from France in the French speaking part and from Germany and Austria in the German speaking part. Of the two universities, one is located in the French speaking part, the other one in the German speaking part of Switzerland.
That’s why the Swiss Association of registered dietitians decided to start a project in order to work on a common language and a common nutrition care process. One of the universities has already started some years ago with adapting and implementing the NCP with their students. As EFAD is willing to work on an international nutrition and dietetics terminology, Switzerland decided to contribute to this work and at the same time start implementing NCP and IDNT (international dietetics and nutrition terminology). To build on existing international documents allows us to involve every part of our country. Hence, in addition to the two universities and the Association, members representing all regions and fields of work are represented in the working group of this project.
At the same time, the Swiss Association is working on an internet-based evidence based practice tool and is very much interested in working with the PEN-Nutrition Database.
Switzerland has already been involved in the EBP (Evidence Based dietetics Practice) project of ICDA and is also involved in the IDNT reviewing process. An international framework is very important for us. This helps us to raise awareness and to promote dietetics across our country. In March, during the annual conference “Nutridays”, IDNT and NCP will be one of the important topics on the agenda. We are happy to welcome an international speaker who has already experienced implementing IDNT in her country.
Beatrice Conrad Frey
Swiss Association of registered dietitians