Position StatementInterJurisdictional Practice


Registration Requirement for interjurisdictional practice for externally Registered Dietitians

Approved by the Council: March 29, 2019

Position Statement

It is the position of the College of Dietitians of Ontario to require registration for externally-registered Dietitians who are using the title dietitian and/or providing dietetic services to Ontario residents. This includes:

  • Dietitians who are externally-registered and located outside of Ontario providing telepractice dietetic services to clients, or groups of clients, who reside in Ontario; and
  • Dietitians who are externally-registered and are physically in Ontario providing dietetic services to Ontario residents or using the title dietitian in Ontario.

What is Telepractice?

Telepractice is the provision of dietetic services which involves any type of intervention with a client, or group of clients, who are remotely located from a practitioner providing the service (e.g. within and outside Ontario). Telepractice dietetic services can include counselling, consultation, monitoring, teaching, etc. that is provided via telephone, videoconferencing, email, web-based apps, forums/blog communication and wearable technology. Other methods for the delivery of telepractice may emerge as technology advances.

registration Requirement for INTERJURISDICTIONAL practice

Registration with the College is required under the following circumstances:
  1. Dietitians who are externally-registered and physically located outside of Ontario who provide telepractice dietetic services for any period of time to an individual client, or group of clients, in Ontario.
  2. Dietitians who are externally-registered and are physically located in the province of Ontario for any period of time and provide dietetic services to an individual client, or group of clients, and/or use the title dietitian, in Ontario.

When an externally-registered dietitian is attending occasional meetings, speaking at conferences or media events in Ontario, developing print/online resources or communications work, and not seeing individual clients or groups of clients directly, registration with the College is generally not required. This exception requires the externally-registered dietitians to be clear and transparent with all parties about where they are registered as a dietitian and that they are not registered in Ontario.
Nothing in this Position Statement is intended to limit the provisions regarding use of title or representation of qualifications as set out in section 7 of the Dietetics Act, 1991. 

Registration & Maintaining Membership

Externally registered dietitians who require registration with the College must submit their application form, pay the applicable fees and meet all applicable registration requirements. Once registered, all members must maintain their membership in accordance with the College’s requirements, which includes, but is not limited to:
  • holding liability insurance in compliance with By Law 1;
  • participating in the Quality Assurance Program;
  • keeping contact and other information up to date;
  • informing the College about changes in practice or of any personal circumstances that may affect the ability to practice dietetics safely;
  • completing annual renewal (as applicable); and
  • as amended from time to time.

For more information, read Interjurisdictional Practice from Regulation Matters 2019 – Issue 2.

Failure to comply with this Position Statement may constitute a breach of the following provisions of the Dietetics Act, 1991:

Restricted titles

7 (1) No person other than a member shall use the title “dietitian”, a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language.

Representations of qualification, etc.
(2) No person other than a member shall hold himself or herself out as a person who is qualified to practise in Ontario as a dietitian or in a specialty of dietetics.

Please contact the College if further clarification is needed

Director of Registration.
416-598-1725/1-800-668-4990, ext. 224