Registered Nutritionist (RNutr)

A Registered Nutritionist will have demonstrable nutrition science knowledge and understanding at a minimum of honours degree level plus (typically) at least 3 years experience (gained within the last 5 years) of evidence-based application of nutrition science in professional practice.

You can become a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) without having been a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) first.

Registered Nutritionists:

  • May provide advice, based on scientific evidence, on general and specific aspects of nutrition in relation to life and health in individuals and populations.
  • May practise independently in relation to nutrition and health both for individual clients and for groups of people or populations.
  • May practise as part of a team under the supervision of a suitably qualified doctor contributing to the management of people with medical conditions.
  • Should use their skills for the public good.
  • Should be aware of the limits of their competence.
  • Should be aware of the settings in which they are competent to practise.
  • Must meet the knowledge competencies listed in Competency Requirements for Registered Associate Nutritionist Registration and the application competencies listed in the Competency Requirements for Registered Nutritionist Registration.
  • May not use their title to make claims unsubstantiated by peer-reviewed and published scientific evidence to directly endorse or validate a specific food or supplement.

There are two ways to apply to become a Registered Nutritionist:

  1. Portfolio Entry onto the UKVRN – for nutritionists (usually) with at least 3 years of professional experience, post-qualification in nutrition science at honours degree level.
  2. Experience in Evidence Based Nutrition entry onto the UKVRN – for nutritionists with a minimum of 10 years’ experience at a senior level.

Please note:

UKVRN registration does not entitle the registrant to represent themselves as a Registered Dietitian or Registered Nutritional Therapist. Similarly HCPC, CNHC, FHT or GRCCT registration does not entitle the registrant to represent themselves as a Registered Nutritionist.