Welcome to the Association for Nutrition
We hold the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists. 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.


 
     
     
 
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 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.

 
     
     
 
Professional Indemnity Insurance for UKVRN Registered Nutritionists
Standard 14 requires UKVRN Registered Nutritionists to ‘Hold appropriate indemnity provision.’  To assist Registrants in complying with this obligation under the AfN Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance, AfN has teamed up with Charles Milnes & Company to offer UKVRN Registrants exclusive access to a low-cost, flexible Professional Indemnity Insurance package from Hiscox. For more information please see here (please note that you must be logged-in to access this page).
 
     
     
 
HMRC Confirms Income Tax Relief for UKVRN Registration Subscriptions
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed UKVRN Registration subscriptions are eligible for income tax relief.  We have been approved by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs under Section 344 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 with effect from 6th April 2013. The Association for Nutrition’s name will appear in the list of HMRC approved bodies, due to be updated later this year.

AfN Chief Executive Leonie Milliner said;  ‘We are delighted HMRC have approved AfN’s application for income tax relief on UKVRN registration subscriptions.  We advise Registrants to include their UKVRN renewal fees (referred to by HMRC as ‘membership subscriptions’) on their application for self-assessment to receive relief at their current rate of income tax. If Registrants haven’t yet completed their self-assessment for 2013-14, there is still time to apply, quoting reference number T1644/26/2014.’ To read the HMRC letter of approval please see here.
 
     
     
 
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Nutrition news from the web - not endorsed by the AfN.
 
     
     
 
AfN Noticeboard

College for Nutrition/Fitness Industry Training

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two complaints made by AfN about misleading claims made by The College for Nutrition and Fitness Industry Training. To read the ASA’s Final Adjudication on The College for Nutrition, please read here. To read the ASA’s Final Adjudication on Fitness Industry Training, please read here. AfN has issued two press releases, here.  

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.



AfN Annual Report

AfN Annual Report 2013-14 has been published on the AfN website.  You can view a copy here.  The report describes our charitable activity and impact in the last financial year, and demonstrates AfN finances are in good health. 


AfN Office Closure

The John Waterlow Reading Room and AfN office will be closed over the Christmas holiday from 4pm on Monday 22nd December until 9am Monday 5th January 2015.


UKVRN Registration

UKVRN Registered Nutritionists work at a senior level across the NHS, academia, industry and food service. All UKVRN registrants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of five core competencies in nutrition science and (for Registered Nutritionists) their application in one of five specialist areas: Public Health, Sports and Exercise, Nutrition Science, Food and Animal Nutrition.

We also welcome ‘By Distinction’ applications 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


Forthcoming AfN CPD Endorsed Activities

01 May 2015
- Well-Founded, Advancing Best Practice - Mindful Eating Part 2 for Children and Families, London

26 Mar 2015 - The Nutrition Society, Dietary Assessment Methods Workshop, Lancashire

29-30 Jan 2015
& 29-30 Apr 2015
- Well-Founded, Advancing Best Practice -Mindful Eating Parts 1 & 2, Manchester and London

29 Jan 2015 - British Nutrition Foundation, New Frontiers in Fibre


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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