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.
AfN Noticeboard

Register to attend the AGM &/or Discourse

The AfN 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.

Council Elections

We are very pleased to have received a number of nominations for election to Council and for AfN President.

Voting is now
open, with all current UKVRN Registrants eligible to vote for who they wish to elect. You will have recently received an explanatory email from AfN and a link to the online proxy vote system from the Electoral Reform Service. Please use this online voting system if you are not able to attend the AGM in person (or are attending but would prefer to cast your vote anonymously) - every vote really does count.

If you have not received your voting link and codes, please let Glenys know asap. Online voting closes on Monday 30th Nov, the votes cast during the AGM will be added to these and the successful candidates announced during the AGM.

Please click here for details and candidate statements.

PHE Sugar Briefing

AfN attended the Public Health England  sugar stakeholder briefing on 28th October 2015 where Dr. Alison Tedstone RNutr updated stakeholders on PHE’s recent report, Sugar reduction: evidence for action.  

UKVRN Registrants can view Dr. Tedstone’s powerpoint presentation by logging onto the Registrant’s section of the website.

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

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

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

8th & 9th December 2015
- The Nutrition Society 2015 Winter Conference organized jointly with the Royal Society of Medicine ‘Roles of sleep and circadian rhythms in the origin and nutritional management of obesity and metabolic disease', 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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