What to expect from a dietitian


There is zero tolerance for abuse of clients by dietitians in Ontario. The College of Dietitians of Ontario works with members to prevent sexual abuse and maintain respectful, professional relationships between dietitians and their clients.

The dietitian-client relationship is based on mutual trust and respect; any act of abuse is a betrayal of that trust. Acceptable practice includes:

  • The client's right to clear, complete information 
  • The right to be involved in all decisions concerning their treatment, and 
  • The right to consent to or refuse treatment. 

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Ethical Practice

Dietitians must practise according to the Code of Ethics . Dietetic practice in Ontario must also comply with the many laws that govern professional practice such as the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, Dietetics Act, 1991, the Health Care Consent Act, 1996, and others.


When you receive services from a dietitian, you can expect quality care. Dietitians are highly trained experts in food and human nutrition and their competence is monitored by the College's  profession-wide Quality Assurance Program. Their practice is supported by standards and guidelines from the College's Practice Advisory Program.

Public Resources

Insulin Adjustments: What to Expect from a Dietitian

Call Practice Advisory for help. We welcome calls and emails to help you understand what you can expect from a dietitian. The College’s Practice Advisory Service provides guidance to the public and others — health professionals, employers, and students. 

We accept questions from anyone needing more information on the expectations, laws, standards and guidelines surrounding dietitian services to ensure the delivery of safe, client-centred nutrition care.