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

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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 course 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 courses accredited by AfN. For a list of AfN Accredited courses 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, Endorsed and Certified Courses can be found here.

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

AfN commences scoping nutrition competence in fitness, leisure and catering
From 5th May 2015 AfN is travelling around England to establish the nutrition competence and skill of the non-nutrition professional workforce in fitness, catering and leisure.  Focus groups, together with an online survey, will help AfN in its work with Public Health England to scope and set workforce competencies in nutrition for non-nutrition professionals in catering, leisure and fitness.

This will form a benchmark against which employers, commissioners and the public can measure workforce competence in nutrition for non-nutrition professionals in catering, leisure and fitness, and plan investment in skill development and training to ensure public confidence.

This work will form part of an evidence package on sugar to be developed by Public Health England. This document, together with the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s Carbohydrate and Health report, will inform the government’s thinking on sugar. For more information, or to participate in the research, please contact us.

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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Do you work or volunteer in Fitness or Catering?

We have prepared an online survey to find out about the training and expertise in nutrition of people working in Sport/Fitness and Catering at levels 1-4 (equivalent to GCSE – A-Level – NVQ4). We’re hoping to hear from everyone from cook to waiting staff to kitchen porter, from coach to personal trainer to fitness instructor. 

The surveys can be found here:

Sport/Fitness: http://goo.gl/73wuR6
Catering: http://goo.gl/lBR9RA

It should take approx. 10 minutes to complete and your answers will help develop training and support for those working in the Fitness and Catering industries. 

All those who complete the survey will be in with a chance to win one of four £50 Amazon vouchers.

If you would like more information about the project, please contact us.

Claiming tax relief on your registration fees

The end of the tax year is fast approaching - remember if you pay your registration fees yourself, then you are able to claim tax relief on these.   

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have approved UKVRN registration fees for income tax relief under Section 344 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003. For more information and details on how to claim please visit the subscriptions page in the Members area.

AfN Shortlisted for Outstanding Achievement

The Association for Nutrition has been shortlisted for the Complete Nutrition Magazine 2015 ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ – to see the shortlist please see here.  

Online voting is open until 27th July 2015.  To vote please go to: http://www.nutrition2me.com/cn-awards

AfN Accredited Degree Courses

AfN currently accredits 38 undergraduate and 23 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 Courses

Current Postgraduate Degree Accredited Courses

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.

Full listing of AfN Certified Courses

Forthcoming AfN CPD Endorsed Activities

26-28 May 2015 - University of Aberdeen, Advanced Dietary Assessment Methods

22 June 2015 - Loughborough University, Tips and Tools for Child Feeding: Half day training for Health Professionals

17-19 July 2015 - The Nutrition Society, 2015 Irish Section Meeting: ‘Nutrition at key life stages: new findings, new approaches.

9-11 Sept 2015 - University of Leeds, The Leeds course in Clinical Nutrition

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

Full listing of forthcoming AfN Endorsed CPD

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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