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 Suppported Twitter Chat
The first @AfNutr chat took place on Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 8-9pm (GMT).
The theme of the first chat was: 'What do AfN Registered Nutritionists do?'

February was #FibreFeb
March discussed 'Nutrition communication in social media and the digital world'
April was on topic of Protein
May discussed the topic of RNutr transfer portfolios #RNutr2B

Details of the six questions to be answered, about #AfNutrChat, the UKVRN Registrants behind this initiative and a link to archived chats are
available here

@AfNutr chat is an independent initiative moderated by a team of UKVRN Registrants. This is a voluntary initiative, providing a free monthly CPD opportunity to Registrants, it is supported by the AfN (@AfN_UK_). However, please note that the views and information contained in the chats may not necessarily express the views of the AfN or UKVRN Registrants, therefore the content of the chats are not endorsed by AfN.

 
     
     
 
AfN Noticeboard

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW GRADUATES 

Good luck to all the students completing their final examinations/disseration projects and congratulations to all the graduates from AfN Accredited Degree Programmes. 

Direct entry application forms can be found here and can be processed once pass lists have been submitted to the AfN by the university. 

Just completed a non-accredited nutrition science degree? You can still apply to register, but application will be via the portfolio route. See details here


UPDATE ON ENHANCED CPD PROPOSALS

To read a summary of the recent consultation on the AfN Continual Professional Development for Registrants Consultation and a Scheme Design please click here

Guidance will be created to support Registrants by the Registration Committee to support the introduction of the scheme.
 


ONLINE NUTRITION COURSE FRAUDSTERS PLEAD GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES


AfN are pleased to announce that after a prolonged investigation, on Monday 25th February 2019, Scott Wolfe and Katie Hope pleaded guilty to multiple offences including forgery, fraudulent trading and money laundering at Norwich Crown Court, in relation to fake online nutrition courses. Read full press note here


EXPERIENCE IN EVIDENCE BASED NUTRITION APPLICATION PATHWAY (EEBN) 

Do you have more than 10 years work experience at a senior level in evidence-based nutrition in industry, research, academia, sport, government, charity, NGO or health care settings? If so, you may be eligible to apply for registration via the Experience in Evidence Based Nutrition (EEBN) Application Pathway. Whilst the same high standards of competence must be met as those applying via the Portfolio Application Pathway, this route provides an alternative method for providing evidence to demonstrate you meet these standards. Click here for more information about the EEBN requirements and application process.



AfN ACCREDITED DEGREE PROGRAMMES


The AfN currently accredits 51 undergraduate and 33 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 support the delivery of 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

 
25 June    Yakult UK Ltd (EN185)
Latest insights into the gut microbiota and health: from research to practice
London

26 June    Nutrition Society (EN175)
Whey protein: fad or functional? Exploring whey protein’s application in exercise and nutrition

Webinar

18 July   Nutrition Society (EN175) 
Personalised nutrition: facilitating healthier dietary choices
Webinar

6 Sept   Susan Church Nutrition (EN089)
Recipe Analysis: Maximising Accuracy
London

12 Sept   Susan Church Nutrition (EN089)
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.



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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