Welcome to the Association for Nutrition
We are a registered charity that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). 

Our purpose is to protect and benefit the public by defining and advancing standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and at all levels within the workforce.
 
     
     
 
 

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Welcome to the Association for Nutrition

For Professionals
  For the Public
  For the Wider Workforce
Join the UKVRN
  Studying Nutrition
  AfN Certified Courses 
AfN Standards for Registrants
  About AfN
  AfN Course Certification
University Degree Accreditation   AfN Standards for Registrants
  Certify Your Course
AfN Endorsed CPD   Making a Complaint 
  Workforce Competence Model

 
   

The Association for Nutrition (AfN) defines and advances standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and at all levels within the workforce.  We protect and benefit the public by:

·           Championing Registered Nutritionists (RNutr), whose entry onto the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) is an assurance that they meet our rigorous standards of competence and professionalism.

·           Supporting frontline health and social care workers with essential tools enabling individuals to evaluate and enhance their competence to use nutrition safely and competently in their practice.

·           Recognising high quality, relevant nutrition training through our Course Accreditation, CPD Endorsement and Certification schemes.


 
     
     
 
Nutrition Professionals - Differences and Similarities

Click here to find out what the qualifications, scope of practice, regulators and professional bodies are for Registered and Associate Nutritionists, Dietitians and Nutritional Therapists.

 
     
     
 
UKVRN Registration
UKVRN Registered Nutritionists work at many levels across the NHS, academia, industry and food service. 

All UKVRN registrants (Associate Nutritionists and Registered Nutritionists) must demonstrate knowledge and understanding (at degree level) of five core competencies in nutrition science and (for Registered Nutritionists) their application of this knowledge in one of five specialist areas: Public Health, Sports and Exercise, Nutrition Science, Food and Animal Nutrition. 

We also welcome ‘By Distinction’ applications for Registered Nutritionist status from individuals with a substantial and peer-recognised track record in nutrition. 

Recent graduates of AfN accredited degree programmes may apply for direct entry to the Register as an Associate Nutritionist

For more information on applying for registration please click here
 
     
     
 
Interested in studying nutrition?

For advice from Public Health England's Chief Nutritionist on the qualifications and experience required to be a Registered Nutritionist read here.

Students intending to join the UKVRN as a Registered Nutritionist through Direct Entry at Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) level complete university-level undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes accredited by AfN. For a list of AfN Accredited programmes please see here.

If you are looking for a short course in nutrition, make sure it's Certified by AfN. AfN Certified courses meet our rigorous standards for course content and education standards, and are an ideal introduction to nutrition science. A full list of AfN Certified courses is available here.

Listings of all AfN Accredited Degree Programmes, CPD Endorsed and Certified Courses can be found here.

Both NHS Choices and NHS Careers provide further information on careers for AfN Registered Nutritionists.

 
     
     
 
Nutrition news in Tweets
Nutrition news from the web - please note that the content of these tweets are NOT endorsed by the AfN, nor do they necessarily represent the opinions of either the AfN or UKVRN Registrants.
 
     
     
 
Nutrition Publication News
NEW PUBLIC HEALTH TOOL LAUNCHED

On 17th March, Public Health England launched the new Eatwell Guide and revised 5 A Day.

The Guide replaces the previous Eatwell Plate and was required due to changes in the official recommendations for free sugars and fibre intakes. The new Eatwell Guide provides information on the proportions of the food groups that help individuals meet official advice and nutrient requirements. 

The Eatwell Guide and the revision to the 5 A Day scheme were developed through the use of an External Reference Group, chaired by Dr Lisa Jackson FFAfN (& former AfN Trustee and Accreditation Chair), and included evidence reviews, public consultations and consumer research.

Registered Nutritionists have the knowledge, skills and expertise to support individuals with their healthy eating practices and the application of nutritional messages to needs, likes, dislikes,environments and other factors. 

Information is available via the following links:

NEW PHE DATA ON SALT CONSUMPTION LEVELS

Average salt consumption of adults in England down by 0.9g/d in the decade from 2005 to 2014 to 8g/d. Overall salt intake has fallen by 11% since 2005/06.

Public Health England commissioned the latest assessment of the salt content of 24-hour urine collections made from NDNS participants during May to September 2014, with a random sample of 689 adults (19-64y), designed to be representative of adults in England.

The results are used by Government to monitor progress towards the recommended maximum salt intake for adults of no more than 6g/d.

In the press release announcing the results, Dr Alison Tedstone RNutr FAfN, Chief Nutritionist at PHE, said:

Our analysis makes clear that there is a steady downward trend in salt consumption. While people are having less salt than 10 years ago, we are still eating a third more than we should. The majority of the salt we eat is in everyday foods so it’s important to check labels and choose lower salt options. Many manufacturers and retailers have significantly reduced the salt levels in everyday foods. However, more needs to be done, especially by restaurants, cafes and takeaways.”

NDNS Dietary Sodium Assessment



 
     
     
 
AfN Noticeboard

HAVE YOUR SAY

Public consultation
Programme Accreditation: AfN  Core Competence Requirements, Standards and Procedures for Undergraduate (UK levels 4-6) and Postgraduate (UK level 7+) education and training of Associate Nutritionists

Have your say on the development of the Core Competence Requirements, Standards and Procedures for the education and training of Associate Nutritionists

Responses are sought on the review by AfN Accreditation Committee on the core competence requirements, standards and procedures used to accredit undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to eligibility for direct entry to the register for Associate Nutritionists, prior to implementation from October 2016.

Click here for further details 

Response deadline: 23rd May 2016


BRITISH NUTRITION COUNCIL/BNC & THE NUTRITION SCHOOL

Please note courses run by British Nutrition Council (BNC) and The Nutrition School are not endorsed, recognised or accredited by Association for Nutrition and do not lead to registration with Association for Nutrition as a Registered Nutritionist.  

For advice from Public Health England's Chief Nutritionist on the qualifications and experience required to be a Registered Nutritionist in the UK read here

If you are looking for a short course in nutrition, make sure it's Certified by AfN. AfN Certified courses meet our rigorous standards for course content and education standards, and are an ideal introduction to nutrition science. A full list of AfN Certified courses is available hereFor information on degree programmes that lead to graduates being eligible to register with the Association for Nutrition, please click here.


AfN ACCREDITED DEGREE PROGRAMME

AfN currently accredits 47 undergraduate and 25 postgraduate programmes. These degrees support the development of nutritionists’ skills through the delivery of evidence-based nutrition education to a professional level. Students completing an accredited degree programme have the right to apply for direct entry at Associate level to the UKVRN, which entitles them to use the letters ANutr after their names.


Current Undergraduate Degree Accredited Programmes

Current Postgraduate Degree Accredited Programmes




AfN CERTIFIED COURSES


AfN Certified Courses are ideal for individuals who deliver nutrition information to the public at level 3, 4 or 5+ on the Public Health and Skills Careers Framework and wish to update or extend their nutrition knowledge, but are not looking to train to the level required to be a registered Nutritionist. Courses are certified against competences set for those working/volunteering/interested in either Health & Social Care, Fitness & Leisure or Catering.

Full listing of AfN Certified Courses


FORTHCOMING AfN CPD ENDORSED ACTIVITIES

7 & 8 June 2016 - The Nutrition Society, Bioinformatics for Nutritionists workshop, London

8 JuneNutritionists in Industry, Sweetness and Dietary Behaviour, Kings College, London

9 & 13 Sept 2016Susan Church Nutrition, Recipe Analysis: Maximising Accuracy, London

14-16 Sept 2016 - University of Leeds, The Leeds course in Clinical Nutrition, Leeds 

16 Oct - Yakult UK Ltd, A Study Day for Healthcare Professionals: Latest insights into nutrition and probiotic research. London

22-24 Nov 2016Food Matters Live 2016, Food Matters Live Seminars & Symposium, Excel, London

Click here for Full listing of forthcoming AfN Endorsed CPD






College for Nutrition/Fitness Industry Training

Please note courses offered by Fitness Industry Training/College for Nutrition are not accredited or endorsed by AfN and do not lead to UKVRN Registration as a Registered Nutritionist.



College for Nutrition/Fitness Industry Training

Please note courses offered by Fitness Industry Training/College for Nutrition are not accredited or endorsed by AfN and do not lead to UKVRN Registration as a Registered Nutritionist.



College for Nutrition/Fitness Industry Training


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