In keeping with the Health Care Consent Act, 1996, and the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004, dietitians have a legal and professional responsibility to obtain informed consent from a client for nutrition treatment and for collecting, using and disclosing the client's personal health or other confidential information. This professional obligation is also articulated in the College’s Professional Misconduct Regulation.

The fundamental principles and laws about consent are all based on respect for a client's right to make informed decisions about their health care and personal health information. Informed consent is at the heart of client-centred care.


Professional Practice Standard: Consent to Treatment and for the Collection Use and Disclosure of Personal Health Information

Consent to treatment

COllection, use & disclosure Of client health information

documenting consent

Acting as an Evaluator


Consent to Treatment
  1. An RD’s Responsibilities Related to Consent
  2. Capacity to Make Treatment Decisions
  3. Client Refusing to Eat
  4. Complex Issues and Consent to Treatment
  5. Consent in an Emergency
  6. Consent for Group Education
  7. Disagreement between Substitute Decision-Makers
  8. Implied Consent for a Change in a Diet Order
  9. Informed Consent for Protein Supplmentation
  10. Managing the Right to Refuse treatment in the Workplace
  11. Non-Custodial Parent
  12. Obtaining Consent in Interprofessional Teams
Consent to Collect, Use & Disclose Health Information
  1. I’m Pregnant, Please Don’t Tell My Mother!
  2. Disclosing Personal Health Information within the Circle of Care
  3. Disclosing Personal Health Information to the CAS
  4. Don't Speak to My Doctor
  5. Communicating with a Client via Email and on Social Media

Videos & Learning Modules

  1. Always Get Consent
  2. Express vs. Implied Consent
  3. Obtaining Consent in an Interprofessional Environment
  4. Module: Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC).
  5. Module 1: Consent for the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Health Information (2017)
  6. Module 2: nformed Consent to Treatment (2017)