Incident Reporting Tool

For Reporting Harm and Documenting Stories of Success

Thank you for taking the time to protect the public and enhance the quality of care by reporting either
    (1) an incident of harm or
    (2) a success story documenting the value of dietetics and nutrition practice.

The public and health care professionals both benefit from having a complete and accurate picture of the nature of the risk caused by unqualified and unlicensed providers. At the same time, increasing awareness of the value of quality RDN-provided services advances the profession and enables recognition of effective, superior practice. Whether you are using this Incident Reporting Tool as a consumer or as a health care provider, your efforts are critical in ensuring the public is provided excellent care and that service delivery is documented to ensure high standards of professional practice in the future. Likewise reporting excellence in care is essential in assuring the services delivered are documented for future standards of professional practice.

The Academy will securely maintain these incident reports and provide compiled data to states consistent with legal privacy restrictions. Use of the Incident Reporting Tool will enhance efforts to prevent further harm and recognize success to better promote enhanced nutrition care and protect public safety.

The primary goal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and its credentialing agency the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession (the “Code”) “is the protection of the individuals, groups, organizations, communities, or populations with whom the practitioner works and interacts.” According to the Code:

• “The nutrition and dietetics practitioner supports and promotes high standards of professional practice, accepting the obligation to protect clients, the public and the profession; upholds the [Code]; and shall report perceived violations of the Code through established processes.”

• “Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall report inappropriate behavior or treatment of a patient or client by another nutrition and dietetics practitioner or other professionals.”

This Incident Reporting Tool provides a mechanism for facilitating compliance with RDNs’ and NDTRs’ ethical obligations. Note that some questions are optional. Simply complete the information to the best of your knowledge.

If the information you would like to report is not a violation in your state due to limited licensure provisions (for example, a non-credentialed individual is providing MNT, but your state only licenses the title "dietitian"), you should still report the incident here.
NOTE: Using this Incident Reporting Tool does not replace the need to report incidents of harm to your state's Dietetics and Nutrition Board or other government oversight agency (e.g., Department of Health, Department of Professional Regulation, Board of Medicine, Office of the Attorney General, etc.). To file a complaint with your state, please do so in accordance with the procedure of the applicable state board or government oversight agency.

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