The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in the UK. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 7,200 members, and the fourth largest dietetic association in the world.
- To advance the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects;
- To promote training and education in the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects;
- To regulate the relations between dietitians and their employer through its trade union.
Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. Dietitians are statutorily regulated, with a protected title and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. The spectrum of environments in which dietitians practise is broad and includes the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and national and local government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government to local communities and individuals.
All dietitians working in the UK must be registered with the Health Professions and Care Council (HCPC), which regulates the profession with a strict code of conduct.
The title ‘Dietitian’ is a legally protected title and dietitians have to be qualified to BSc in Dietetics or a postgraduate qualification approved by the HCPC. To find out more about the BDA, please visit the main BDA website.