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

 
     
     
 
ASA Rules ‘The Nutrition School’ guilty of misleading the public

Published on June 15th 2016,  the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)  upheld complaints raised by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and members of the public against Scott Austin Ltd t/a The Nutrition School.  You can read our Press Statement and the Advertising Standards Authority’s final adjudication.  In its ruling, ASA agreed Scott Austin Ltd t/a “The Nutrition School” misleadingly implied the school was endorsed by a number of independent third party bodies, their courses were accredited by an official awarding organisation and recognised across the industry, breaching CAP Codes Rules 3.1 and 3.50.

If you are considering studying nutrition, make sure the course you choose is recognised by AfN and listed on our website.  Only courses recognised by us meet our rigorous standards for course content and education standards. 

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

All UKVRN registrants (a Registered 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 a Registered 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 Registered 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.
 
     
     
 
Nutrition Publication News
National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS)
Results from Years 5-6 (combined) of the Rolling Programme (2012/13 – 2013/14)


The NDNS survey is carried out on behalf of Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency and
is a continuous programme of fieldwork designed to assess the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK.

Findings of the current report include:
  • Only 8% of children aged 11-18y and 27% of adults aged 19-64y met the 5-A-Day recommendation for fruit and vegetable consumption. 
  • Mean consumption of oily fish in all age groups was well below the recommended one portion per week. 
  • Consumption of sugars-sweetened soft drinks has reduced in children. 
  • Mean intakes of saturated fatty acids as a percentage of food energy in Years 5 and 6 (combined) continued to exceed recommendations in all age groups. 
  • Children aged 4 to 10 years had a significantly lower percentage of food energy from non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) in Years 5 and 6 (combined) compared with Years 1 and 2 (combined). 
  • Mean intakes of non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) were below the recommendation for adults.
  • Around a fifth of adults aged 19 to 64 years had low blood levels of vitamin D. 

NDNS Yr 5-6 Report



PUBLIC HEALTH TOOL 


On 17th March, Public Health England launched the new Eatwell Guide and revised 5 A Day.

The Guide replaces the previous Eatwell Plate and was required due to changes in the official recommendations for free sugars and fibre intakes. The new Eatwell Guide provides information on the proportions of the food groups that help individuals meet official advice and nutrient requirements. 

The Eatwell Guide and the revision to the 5 A Day scheme were developed through the use of an External Reference Group, chaired by Dr Lisa Jackson FFAfN (& former AfN Trustee and Accreditation Chair), and included evidence reviews, public consultations and consumer research.

Registered Nutritionists have the knowledge, skills and expertise to support individuals with their healthy eating practices and the application of nutritional messages to needs, likes, dislikes,environments and other factors. 

Information is available via the following links:

PHE DATA ON SALT CONSUMPTION LEVELS

Average salt consumption of adults in England down by 0.9g/d in the decade from 2005 to 2014 to 8g/d. Overall salt intake has fallen by 11% since 2005/06.

Public Health England commissioned the latest assessment of the salt content of 24-hour urine collections made from NDNS participants during May to September 2014, with a random sample of 689 adults (19-64y), designed to be representative of adults in England.

The results are used by Government to monitor progress towards the recommended maximum salt intake for adults of no more than 6g/d.

In the press release announcing the results, Dr Alison Tedstone RNutr FAfN, Chief Nutritionist at PHE, said:

Our analysis makes clear that there is a steady downward trend in salt consumption. While people are having less salt than 10 years ago, we are still eating a third more than we should. The majority of the salt we eat is in everyday foods so it’s important to check labels and choose lower salt options. Many manufacturers and retailers have significantly reduced the salt levels in everyday foods. However, more needs to be done, especially by restaurants, cafes and takeaways.”

NDNS Dietary Sodium Assessment



 
     
     
 
AfN Noticeboard


PROTECTION OF TITLE FOR NUTRITIONISTS

“We fully support efforts which raise the important issue of the public needing protection from non-evidence-based nutrition advice and a core objective for the Association for Nutrition is to gain protection of both professional title and function for UKVRN Registered Nutritionists. This would protect the public by ensuring that those providing nutrition advice are suitably qualified, competent and accountable. Actions such as the petition by Fight the Fads highlight the need for this public protection issue to be on the political agenda and we hope that it will help to add momentum to discussions and actions which will help us to achieve this aim. The AfN Council will be discussing its strategy towards statutory protection during its meeting on 5th December and will be updating Registrants regarding this in due course” 



NEW ACCREDITED DEGREE PROGRAMMES OUTCOMES, STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES

As of 1st October the new AfN Accredited Degree Programmes Outcomes, Standards and Procedures come into effect. These can be viewed here.



BRITISH NUTRITION COUNCIL (BNC) & THE NUTRITION SCHOOL

Please note courses run by British College of Nutrition, British Nutrition Council (BNC) and Scot Austin t/a The Nutrition School 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. For information on degree programmes that lead to graduates being eligible to register with the Association for Nutrition, please click here.



AfN ACCREDITED DEGREE PROGRAMME

AfN currently accredits 47 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. Courses are certified against competences set for those working/volunteering/interested in either Health & Social Care, Fitness & Leisure or Catering.

Full listing of AfN Certified Courses


FORTHCOMING AfN CPD ENDORSED ACTIVITIES


22-24 Nov 2016Food Matters Live 2016, Food Matters Live Seminars & Symposium, Excel, London

6-7 Dec 2016 - 2016 Winter Conference held by The Nutrition Society and the Royal Society of Medicine ‘Diet, Nutrition and Mental Health and Wellbeing', London

19-21 Dec 2016 - International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, Newcastle

11 Feb 2016 - AfN Regional Network (North West), The Psychology of Food, Liverpool John Moores University

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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