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.


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 all about the different qualification requirements, scope of practices, regulators and professional bodies for Registered Nutritionists and Registered Associate Nutritionists, Dietitians and Nutritional Therapists.

UKVRN Registration
UKVRN Registered Nutritionists work at many levels across academia, NHS, charity, policy, public health, animal, research and food sectors. 

All UKVRN registrants (a Registered Associate Nutritionists and Registered Nutritionists) must demonstrate knowledge and understanding (at degree level or above) of five areas of 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. 

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, please read Dr Tedstone's blog post here.

Students intending to join the UKVRN as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) via Direct Entry Application must complete a university-level undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme accredited by AfN. For a list of AfN Accredited programmes please see here. Applicants from a non-AfN-accredited degree programme must submit a portfolio application.

If you are not ready to undertake a degree in nutrition science, but would like to undertake a short course as in introduction to nutrition science and/or to support your work, make sure it's Certified by the AfN. AfN Certified Courses have demonstrated that they meet our rigorous standards for both course content and education standards. A full list of AfN Certified courses is available here.

Listings of all AfN Accredited Degree Programmes, CPD Endorsed Activities 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.
AfN Noticeboard


We are currently looking for lay (non-nutrition) individuals for the following two volunteer (unpaid) positions:

For full details about these positions, please click here   


AfN Council has amended its Rules, which describe how the AfN is governed.  The new Rules can be viewed here.

An updated discussion paper on Professional Regulation and Statutory Protection can be viewed here.


Six UKVRN Registrants have been elected to AfN Council for a term of office of three years, from  1st Jan 2017  to 31st Dec 2019.  In accordance to our Rules (6.6) the full voting figures and calculations are available here.

The following candidates were elected (in order of election):

Ms Kate Austin
Dr Orla Kennedy
Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian
Dr Adam Collins
Dr Jacqueline Landman
Dr Modi Mwatsama


Council on 5th December confirmed the following Honorary Officers and Chair of Council for a term of office commencing 1st January 2017;

Dr Margaret Ashwell – President & Chair of Council (until 31st Dec 2017)
Mrs Elia Monteiro – Honorary Secretary (until 4th Dec 2017)
Dr Alan Dangour – Honorary Treasurer (until 31st Dec 2017)


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 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


25 Jan 2017The Nutrition Society, Nutritional Genomics: Essential basics for nutrition and health professionals - Webinar

11 Feb 2017 - 
AfN Regional Network (North West), The Psychology of Food, Liverpool John Moores University

21 Mar 2017 - The Nutrition Society, Scientific Publishing Success: from Research to Acceptance, London

20 Apr 2017 - The Nutrition Society, Statistics for Nutrition Research, London

21 & 25 April 2017 - Recipe Analysis: Maximising AccuracySusan Church Nutrition, London

10 May 2017 - The Nutrition Society, Dietary Assessment Methods, London

23-25 May 2017- 
Advanced Dietary Assessment Methods, University of Aberdeen

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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