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Michigan Set to Repeal its Exclusionary Nutrition Licensing Law

The Michigan Senate voted 26-12 on June 11 to repeal the state’s nutrition and dietetics licensing law that had prohibited a broad range of qualified nutrition practitioners from providing nutrition counseling. The repeal bill is now on the desk of Governor Snyder, who has pledged to sign it.

This is the just the most recent example of Center for Nutrition Advocacy’s success in spearheading the nutrition community to usher in a fundamental shift toward inclusive nutrition and dietetics regulation over the last three years.

According to Representative Ed McBroom, the sponsor of the repeal bill:

“The primary issue is that the scope of practice listed in the law regarding licensed nutrition professionals was overly broad, while the requirements for licensure were too narrow.
This created a hardship for many qualified professionals whose regular, and often post-graduate training prepares them for the same duties restricted by the scope of those with a license, but who were effectively prevented from obtaining a license”

The Center for Nutrition Advocacy spearheaded the involvement of national groups with Michigan members and worked in conjunction with the Michigan Nutrition Association, which has coordinated opposition to the law by Michigan consumers and practitioners since 2010. The repeal of the Michigan law is the latest and most significant signal that state legislators are recognizing the growing diversity of the nutrition profession and the benefit to consumer health and job growth by broadening, rather than narrowing, access to nutrition services.
In the last three years, the Center for Nutrition Advocacy has spearheaded opposition to anti-competitive nutrition licensing laws, and has succeeded in blocking all 19 attempts to institute such laws, as well as reversing what was a near-monopoly for Registered Dietitians on meaningful nutrition counseling in Illinois. The Center actively monitors the states and federal landscape to ensure the public has access to a broad array of nutrition providers.
Once the Governor signs the bill, we will issue a formal press release, but this information was important to share immediately. See the Center for Nutrition Advocacy’s Michigan page for more detail.
The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) is the foremost credentialing body for advanced nutrition professionals. Its Certified Nutrition Specialist® certifying program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the preeminent standard of excellence for certifying bodies, and is featured in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Definition of the Nutritionist Profession. The BCNS’ Center for Nutrition Advocacy is the leading advocate ensuring public access to a range of nutrition professionals.
Michael Stroka JD, MBA, MS, CNS, LDN, Executive Director,
Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists
Center for Nutrition Advocacy
(202) 903-0267

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