Welcome to the Association for Nutrition
We are a registered charity that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). 

Our purpose is to protect and benefit the public by defining and advancing standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and at all levels within the workforce.


Welcome to the Association for Nutrition

For Professionals
  For the Public
  For the Wider Workforce
Join the UKVRN
  Studying Nutrition
  AfN Certified Courses 
AfN Standards for Registrants
  About AfN
  AfN Course Certification
University Degree Accreditation   AfN Standards for Registrants
  Certify Your Course
AfN Endorsed CPD   Making a Complaint 
  Workforce Competence Model


The Association for Nutrition (AfN) defines and advances standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and at all levels within the workforce.  We protect and benefit the public by:

·           Championing Registered Nutritionists (RNutr), whose entry onto the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) is an assurance that they meet our rigorous standards of competence and professionalism.

·           Supporting frontline health and social care workers with essential tools enabling individuals to evaluate and enhance their competence to use nutrition safely and competently in their practice.

·           Recognising high quality, relevant nutrition training through our Course Accreditation, CPD Endorsement and Certification schemes.

UKVRN Registration
UKVRN Registered Nutritionists work at a senior level across the NHS, academia, industry and food service. 

All UKVRN registrants (Associate Nutritionists and Registered Nutritionists) must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of five core competencies in nutrition science and (for Registered Nutritionists) their application of this knowledge in one of five specialist areas: Public Health, Sports and Exercise, Nutrition Science, Food and Animal Nutrition. 

We also welcome ‘By Distinction’ applications for Registered Nutritionist status from individuals with a substantial and peer-recognised track record in nutrition. 

Recent graduates of AfN accredited degree programmes may apply for direct entry to the Register as an Associate Nutritionist

For more information on applying for registration please click here
Interested in studying nutrition?

For advice from Public Health England's Chief Nutritionist on the qualifications and experience required to be a Registered Nutritionist read here.

Students intending to join the UKVRN as a Registered Nutritionist through Direct Entry at Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) level complete university-level undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes accredited by AfN. For a list of AfN Accredited programmes please see here.

If you are looking for a short course in nutrition, make sure it's Certified by AfN. AfN Certified courses meet our rigorous standards for course content and education standards, and are an ideal introduction to nutrition science. A full list of AfN Certified courses is available here.

Listings of all AfN Accredited Degree Programmes, CPD Endorsed and Certified Courses can be found here.

Both NHS Choices and NHS Careers provide further information on careers for AfN Registered Nutritionists.

Nutrition news in Tweets
Nutrition news from the web - please note that the content of these tweets are NOT endorsed by the AfN, nor do they necessarily represent the opinions of either the AfN or UKVRN Registrants.
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Council Elections, AGM & Discourse

There are six Council/Trustee positions available for election, and we encourage all Registrants to consider nominations for these positions. Nominations must be received by noon on 23rd October. For more details please click here.

The AGM and Annual Discourse will be held on 1st December in London. 

Registrants are welcome to attend both events, with non-Registrants invited to join us for the Annual Discourse.

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited and must be reserved in advance, For more details please click here.

Congratulations & Good luck

We wish to congratulate all those who have recently completed AfN Accredited Degrees.
Please click here for details on joining the register by Direct Entry.

Good luck with your job searches, and the best of luck to all those starting their AfN accredited degrees this year or returning to continue their studies.

New advice released on carbohydrates and health

Registrants welcome the publication of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on carbohydrates and health. 

To read registrants response and see how many Registered Nutritionists played a role in reviewing the evidence and developing the new intake recommendations for carbohydrates, please click here.

 AfN Accredited Degree Programmes

AfN currently accredits 39 undergraduate and 24 postgraduate programmes. These courses support the development of nutritionists’ skills through the delivery of evidence-based nutrition education to a professional level. Students completing an accredited degree programme have the right to apply for direct entry at Associate level to the UKVRN, which entitles them to use the letters ANutr after their names.

Current Undergraduate Degree Accredited Programmes

Current Postgraduate Degree Accredited Programmes

AfN Certified Courses

AfN Certified Courses are ideal for individuals who deliver nutrition information to the public at level 3, 4 or 5+ on the Public Health and Skills Careers Framework and wish to update or extend their nutrition knowledge, but are not looking to train to the level required to be a registered Nutritionist.

Full listing of AfN Certified Courses

Forthcoming AfN CPD Endorsed Activities

17 – 19 November 2015 - Food Matters Live 2015, ExCel, London

28th November 2015 - AfN Regional Network Study Day, Nutrition through the Life stages

7th December 2015 - The Sugar Reduction Summit Sugar - Sweetness and Obesity, London

Click here for Full listing of forthcoming AfN Endorsed CPD

Dates for Registrants

Notice is hereby given that the 7th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Association for Nutrition will be held in London on 
Tuesday 1st December 2015, starting at 1.15pm. 

All AfN UKVRN Registered Nutritionists and Associate Nutritionists are invited to attend and participate.  For health and safety purposes, and to assist with catering arrangements, please inform the office if you are planning to attend by emailing registration@associationfornutrition.org.

Please note - this meeting is not open to non-registrants.

Click here for more details regarding the meeting and the nomination/election of new Council Members/Trustees, Honorary Officers and President.

College for Nutrition/Fitness Industry Training

Please note courses offered by Fitness Industry Training/College for Nutrition are not accredited or endorsed by AfN and do not lead to UKVRN Registration as a Registered Nutritionist.

College for Nutrition/Fitness Industry Training

Please note courses offered by Fitness Industry Training/College for Nutrition are not accredited or endorsed by AfN and do not lead to UKVRN Registration as a Registered Nutritionist.

College for Nutrition/Fitness Industry Training



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