Welcome to the Association for Nutrition

We are the independent regulator for registered nutritionists. 

A Registered Charity, our role is to protect and benefit the public.  We hold the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a register of competent, qualified nutrition professionals who meet our rigorously applied standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition and its use in practice.  The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers.

 

If you are looking for a qualified nutritionist, always check they have the quality mark post-nominal letters RNutr or ANutr after their name.

 

We also define and advance standards of evidence-based practice across the wider field of nutrition at all levels within the workforce. Our standards for the wider workforce in nutrition (in public health, catering, fitness, leisure and social care) were developed with support from Department of Health and Public Health England, and are the benchmark for nutrition competence for all who use, translate or provide nutrition information to the public.


 
     
     
 
 

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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 
  Competence Frameworks 

 
   

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 read a comparative summary about the different qualification requirements, scope of practices, regulators and professional bodies for Registered Nutritionists, Dietitians, Registered Associate Nutritionists and Nutritional Therapists.

 
     
     
 
UKVRN Registration
UKVRN Registered Nutritionists work at many levels across academia, NHS, charity, policy, public health, animal, research and food sectors. 

All UKVRN registrants (a Registered Associate Nutritionists and Registered Nutritionists) must demonstrate knowledge and understanding (at degree level or above) of five areas of 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. 

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, please read Dr Tedstone's blog post here.

Students intending to join the UKVRN as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) via Direct Entry Application must complete a university-level undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme accredited by AfN. For a list of AfN Accredited programmes please see here. Applicants from a non-AfN-accredited degree programme must submit a portfolio application.

If you are not ready to undertake a degree in nutrition science, but would like to undertake a short course as in introduction to nutrition science and/or to support your work, make sure it's Certified by the AfN. AfN Certified Courses have demonstrated that they meet our rigorous standards for both course content and education standards. A full list of AfN Certified courses is available 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

CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO STEP DOWN AFTER ALMOST EIGHT YEARS


Leonie Milliner has announced she will be leaving the role of Chief Executive at the Association for Nutrition in February 2019 to take up a new position as the Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Osteopathic Council. Read the announcement here


ANNUAL DISCOURSE & AGM 

#NutritionIsAScience: Women Of Influence 

Celebrating the contribution of female scientists to nutrition in the year of #Votes100

The 2018 Annual Discourse and 10th AGM will be held on 3rd December 2018.

We have four fantastic speakers, all of whom are Registered Nutritionists and Fellows of the Association for Nutrition. Hear about how our science has been influenced by inspirational female scientists and the support provided to our future generations of nutritionists.

The AfN AGM is open to current UKVRN Registrants only. The AfN Annual Discourse is open to Registrants and non-Registrants. Attendance is free, but spaces are limited and require pre-registration.
 


EXPERIENCE IN EVIDENCE BASED NUTRITION APPLICATION PATHWAY (EEBN) 

We can now offer a new route to becoming a Registered Nutritionist for individuals who have a minimum of 10+ years of work experience at a senior level in evidence-based nutrition in industry, research, academia, sport, government, charity, NGO or health care settings.  Click here for more information about the EEBN requirements and application process.




AfN ACCREDITED DEGREE PROGRAMME



The AfN currently accredits 55 undergraduate and 32 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 Registered Associate level to the UKVRN, which entitles them to use the letters ANutr after their names.

 



AfN CERTIFIED COURSES


AfN Certified Courses are ideal for individuals who deliver nutrition information to the public at level 1, 2, 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. Courses are certified against competences set for those working/volunteering/interested in either Health & Social Care, Fitness & Leisure or Catering.

Please note this scheme certifies the courses, not the individuals who complete them and do not result in any AfN-recognised professional title such as certified diet advisor, fitness coach, nutrition advisor or equivalent.

Full listing of AfN Certified Courses



FORTHCOMING AfN CPD ENDORSED ACTIVITIES

5th - 18 Nov 2018   Monash University (EN142)
Food as Medicine: Food and our Genome

Online


5th - 18 Nov 2018
 
Monash University (EN141)
Food as Medicine: Foods and Inflammation

Online

20-22 Nov 2018   FM Global Ltd (EN170)
Food Matters Live - Talks Only 
London


28 Nov 2018
 
The Nutrition Society (EN175)

Omega-3 fatty acids for optimal health across the life course, Prof Philip Calder, University of Southampton 
Online 13:00-14:00

29 Nov 2018   Yakult UK (EN166)
Probiotics in Practice: A workshop for Dietitians & Nutritionists
Dublin

7 Dec 2018   The Nutrition Society (EN175)
Nutritional Genomics, Essential basics for nutrition and health care professionals
Mariette Abrahams
Online 13:00-14:30

 


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.



CTRANSFER OF UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL CURRICULUM IN NUTRITION TO AfN 

We are pleased to announce that responsibility for the UK Undergraduate Curriculum in Nutrition for newly qualified doctors, developed by the Inter-Collegiate Gro

oTRANSFER OF UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL CURRICULUM IN NUTRITION TO AfN 

We are pleased to announce that responsibility for the UK Undergraduate Curriculum in Nutrition for newly qualified doctors, developed by the Inter-Collegiate Gro

lOlege 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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  Bell Institute of Health, Nutrition & Food Safety
  Bell Institute of Health, Nutrition & Food Safety
 
     
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