The purpose of self-regulation is public protection. Professional regulatory bodies (colleges) are accountable for establishing the registration requirements, standards of practice, code of ethics and conduct, and continuing competence programs. Through the development and enforcement of these standards and policies, the public is assured that a regulated member is competent to practice in their field. The public is also provided with a means of recourse, through the college’s complaint and mediation processes if it feels professional standards of a member are not met.
Registered Dietitians, Graduate Dietitians and Dietetic Interns have the privilege and responsibility of being self-regulated in the Province of Manitoba under the Registered Dietitians Act and Regulations.
The College functions are determined by the Legislation, the Regulations, Bylaws and Policies of the College.
Professional regulation is a provincial jurisdiction and the Manitoba Government establishes the legislation that governs health professionals. The Registered Dietitians Act of Manitoba sets out in law the powers, duties and responsibility of the College, its regulated members, and their employers. The Registered Dietitians Act defines the practice of dietetics, regulation of the profession and the authorized use of title. The Act protects the public from unqualified persons practicing as dietitians by limiting the use of the title Registered Dietitian, RD, Graduate Dietitian, Dietetic Intern or representing oneself as a dietitian without being a member of the College.
REGISTERED DIETITIANS ACT (2002)
The Regulation describes how the College of Dietitians will apply the Legislation to the practice of the profession. Colleges establish the unique requirements of the profession within the legislative and policy requirements of the Government. The Regulations specify the requirements to change registration status and also the requirements to renew a member’s registration. The Regulations have attached schedules to them, specifying the minimum Standard of Practice (Schedule A) and Continuing Competency requirements (Schedule B) for the profession in the province. The Government must approve regulations before a college can be proclaimed and must approve any changes or amendments to the Regulation.
REGISTERED DIETITIANS REGULATIONS (2004)
The framework and scope for College Bylaws are specified in legislation. They refer more specifically to the organization of the College and how it will conduct its business. Bylaws are established by the Council and specify procedural matters such as election of council, the appointment of committees, holding of meetings, rules of order, fees and notices.
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The Code of Ethics is a set of principles of professional conduct that establishes the requirements and expectations for dietitians in fulfilling duties to their clients, to the profession, to their employer and to their colleagues. The Code identifies the basic moral and ethical commitments of dietetics and serves as a source of education and reflection on the profession. For dietitians, the code provides direction for ethical practice, and should serve to all members as a basis for self-evaluation. For the public, the Code provides public identification of the profession’s ethical expectations of its members.
Should an allegation be made against a member of the College, the role of the College’s Complaints Committee is to assess the conduct of the member in relationship to the standards and code of ethics established by the College. The onus is on the individual dietitian to maintain a working knowledge of, and comply with, the legislation and policies stated by the College.
CODE OF ETHICS - SEPTEMBER 2005
The policies describe the way the College interprets and implements all the legislative layers which the college is governed. Policies are established by Council and guide the decisions that are made by the College.
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