Aside from Dietitians NZ there is one other key organisation that provides support to dietitians. The Dietitians Board is appointed by the Minister of Health under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance [HPCA] Act 2003 and is mandated by legislation to protect the health and safety of members of the public.
The Board's role is to protect the public by putting in place mechanisms which ensure that dietitians are qualified, competent and fit to practise their profession. One of the Board's prime functions is to ensure that all dietitians wishing to practise their profession in New Zealand (or to be known as a dietitian), must by law, be registered with the Dietitians Board and hold a current practising certificate (Section 7 of the HPCA Act). In order to retain their registration, dietitians must also participate in a continuing competency programme.
Registered dietitians pay an annual fee to the Dietitians Board to receive an annual practising certificate (APC). Dietitians who do not hold a current APC are deemed to be practising illegally. To register as a Dietitian please go to: