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.
 
     
     
 
 

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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.


 
     
     
 
Nutrition Professionals - Differences and Similarities

Click here to find out what the qualifications, scope of practice, regulators and professional bodies are for Registered and Associate Nutritionists, Dietitians and Nutritional Therapists.

 
     
     
 
UKVRN Registration
UKVRN Registered Nutritionists work at many levels across the NHS, academia, industry and food service. 

All UKVRN registrants (Associate Nutritionists and Registered Nutritionists) must demonstrate knowledge and understanding (at degree level) 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.
 
     
     
 
AfN Noticeboard

British Nutrition Council/BNC

Please note courses run by British Nutrition Council (BNC) are not endorsed, recognised or accredited by Association for Nutrition and do not lead to registration with Association for Nutrition as a Registered Nutritionist.  For advice from Public Health England's Chief Nutritionist on the qualifications and experience required to be a Registered Nutritionist in the UK read 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



AfN announces election of new President

Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE, FAfN, RNutr (Public Health) has been elected AfN President and chair of Council. Announced at this year’s AGM on 1st December AfN following a ballot of all UKVRN Registrants, Dr Margaret Ashwell will commence her Presidency on 1st January 2016. Dr Ashwell replaces Prof. Alan Jackson CBE, FFAfN, RNutr (Public Health) who stands down at the end of December 2015 after six years’ service as President and chair of Council.


New trustees elected to  AfN Council

At our 7th AGM on 1st December Electoral Reform Services Ltd announced the results of the ballot for Council members to serve as Trustees from 1st January 2016 for a period of three years. The successful candidates were;

Dr Alan Dangour
Dr Margaret Ashwell
Claire Hislop
Prof Julie Lovegrove
Prof Geraldine McNiell
Prof Martin Wiseman


Prof. Alan Jackson CBE, FFAfN, RNutr(Public Health) awarded AfN Emeritus Founding President

In recognition of his outstanding leadership and commitment to the establishment of AfN as the nutrition profession’s independent regulator, and for his longstanding service as President and Chair, AfN Council granted Prof. Jackson the award of AfN Emeritus Founding President.


AfN work published as part of PHE evidence package

AfN has worked with Public Health England to undertake research and develop nutrition competences for those working at Levels 1-4 in catering, fitness and leisure.

A summary of this work has been published as part of the Public Health England evidence package that is supporting their work on sugar reduction and advice to the Department of Health.

Click here to read the press release



AfN Accredited Degree Programmes

AfN currently accredits 44 undergraduate and 25 postgraduate programmes. These degrees 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

1st March 2016 - 20th Anniversary Meeting: 20 Years Back – 20 Years Forward, London

20 & 22 Apr 2016 - Susan Church Nutrition, Recipe Analysis: Maximising Accuracy, London

Click here for 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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