Dietitians

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The Dietitians program licenses and regulates dietitians in Texas. A license is required to use the titles "Licensed Dietitian" and "Provisionally Licensed Dietitian." A license is not required to use the titles "Dietitian" or "Nutritionist."

"Dietetics" means the professional discipline of applying and integrating scientific principles of food, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, management, and behavioral and social sciences under different health, social, cultural, physical, psychological, and economic conditions for the proper nourishment, care, and education of an individual or group throughout the life cycle to achieve and maintain human health. The term includes the development, management, and provision of nutrition services.


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Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the Dietitians program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 116, Subchapter A, §116.2; Subchapter C, §116.20; Subchapter D, §116.30; Subchapter E, §116.40 and §116.44; Subchapter F, §116.50; Subchapter I, §116.80 and §116.83; Subchapter J, §116.91; Subchapter K, §§116.100, 116.101, and 116.103 - 116.105; Subchapter L, §116.110; Subchapter M, §116.120; Subchapter N, §116.130; and Subchapter O, §116.142; and repeal Subchapter E, §116.41 and §116.43; Subchapter G, §§116.60 - 116.65; and Subchapter H, §116.70). View the adoption justification

The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of July 1, 2018.

TDLR Health Monitor - Q2, 2018

Articles in the third edition of The Health Monitor include an update on the Behavior Analysts program; upcoming changes to the Massage Therapy Exam; rulemaking update for several medical and health programs; TDLR website improvements; and information on outreach activities and upcoming conferences. The issue also includes our regular features "A Closer Look" and "Advisory Board Meeting Calendar."

TDLR Health Monitor - Q1, 2018

TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. This issue was published on February 16, 2018 and you can read it online.

TDLR Health Monitor - Q4, 2017

TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. The first issue was published on November 2, 2017 and you can read it online.

Dietitians: One Year Update

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, transferring the Dietitians program from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR). The program transfer to TDLR took place in October 2016.

As part of our mission to deliver improved service to Texans at a lower cost, TDLR reduced the following fees for the Dietitians program:

Dietitians Previous Fee TDLR Fee $ Reduced % Reduced
License Verification Fee $25 $0 $25 100%
Reinstatement Fee $80 $0 $80 100%

 

We’ve also reduced processing and administrative fees for each online transaction. Thanks to these reductions, Texas Dietitians kept $3,106.50 in their pockets in their first year at TDLR. (October 2016 – September 2017)

In addition, TDLR reduced the word count in the Dietitians program administrative rules to make them clear, concise, and easier to read--without impacting their effectiveness:

Dietitians DSHS TDLR Difference % Reduced
Administrative Rules Word Count 19,481 9,524 9,957 51%

 

At TDLR, one of our core values is open and free communication. During this first year, 2,575 Dietitians program email subscribers were contacted 13 times (38,625 emails delivered), with information about meetings, rule changes, licensing, and more. In addition, all interested parties were invited to four public meetings of the Dietitians Advisory Board.

TDLR is delivering on our promise to promote transparency and accountability, protect the health and safety of all Texans, and eliminate unnecessary barriers to doing business.  We look forward to serving you, and always appreciate any feedback at: cs.dietitians@tdlr.texas.gov

Notice of Vacancy on the Dietitians Advisory Board

TDLR announces a vacancy on the Dietitians Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 701. The purpose of the Dietitians Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Department on technical matters relevant to the administration of this chapter. This announcement is for a public member.

The Board consists of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission), with the approval of the Commission:

1. six licensed dietitians, each of whom has been licensed under Chapter 701 for not less than three years before the member's date of appointment; and 

In appointing dietitian members to the advisory board, the presiding officer of the commission shall attempt to maintain balanced representation among the following primary areas of expertise included in the professional discipline of dietetics:

(a) clinical;
(b) educational;
(c) management;
(d) consultation; and
(e) community.

2.  three members who represent the public.

Members serve staggered six-year terms. The terms of three members begin on September 1 of each odd-numbered year.

Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail at advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey.

The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.


Advisory Board Meetings

May 3, 2018

The Dietitians Advisory Board met May 3 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.