Scope of Practice & Code of Ethics
Scope of Practice
A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) are professionals educated by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.®
(F)NTPs* are trained to evaluate a client’s nutritional needs and make bio-individual recommendations or provide follow up support for dietary changes, lifestyle choices, and nutritional supplementation based on the following:
- Client Interview
- Analysis of Client’s Food Journal
- Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire
All advice and support recommendations made by an (F)NTP should be based on evidence-based, scientific information. An (F)NTP is not trained to provide medical nutrition therapy. An (F)NTP may not diagnose, treat, prevent, prescribe, or cure any pathological condition, illness, or disease. No recommendation or comment made by an (F)NTP should be construed as medical advice or a diagnosis. An (F)NTP may not state nor imply that they are licensed or certified by the state. (F)NTP’s may not use the protected titles of “dietitian” or “nutritionist” or any insignias associated with those titles such as LD, RD, LDN, CNS, etc. When an (F)NTP completes their program, they will use the designated title of Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner or FNTP or use the designated title of Nutritional Therapy Practitioner or NTP dependent on the training course completed.
Practitioners should be knowledgeable of the rights to practice nutritional therapy in their state of residence as defined by the laws of their state.
Roles Performed by (F)NTPs:
The role of an (F)NTP is to provide non-biased health and nutrition information to friends, neighbors, associates, and the community. They educate the public on the cost/benefit of eating unprocessed, local, fresh, nutrient-dense foods and quality nutritional products that support chronic nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to these deficiencies.
- Practice Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
- Work outside of their Scope of Practice
- Diagnose and treat disease
- Make unproven health claims
- Misrepresent training
- Use unproven devices, assessments, or therapies
- Use network marketing or product sales in lieu of individual client education.
- Promote a nutrient-dense diet
- Focus on Foundational Nutrition and balancing the Nutritional Foundations
- Promote active lifestyles
- Teach historically traditional eating principles
- Refer clients to licensed medical professionals if the client requires medical or mental health interventions
- Fresh, natural-foods basis
- Educational emphasis
- Client-based, not method or product-based
- Refers to doctors for medical conditions
- Highest standard of accountability and integrity
- Uses informed consent and full disclosure forms
- Adheres to the NTA Practitioner Code of Ethics
More information about the education and training of (F)NTPs here:
*(F)NTP represents both the Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).
(F)NTP Guide to Scope: Vaccinations
Can (F)NTPs make recommendations for or against any vaccinations?
No, it is absolutely not within the scope of an FNTP or NTP to make a recommendation for or against any vaccinations. An FNTP or NTP is perfectly equipped to help someone support their immune systems optimally should someone choose not to get a vaccine, and they are also able to support someone’s body in processing a vaccine and detoxifying from the additives–but it is entirely up to the client to do their research on whether or not a vaccine is appropriate for themselves and an FNTP or NTP should not be their source of information on the topic unless they are also a qualified licensed practitioner.
How can an (F)NTP support a client that is weighing a decision about vaccinations?
An FNTP or NTP can share resources on the topic if a client asks. Still, it should come from a lens of “here is what I’ve been reading in my research,” not as a professional opinion on vaccinations as we are not trained to evaluate their safety or efficacy in any individual. In conversations with fellow nutrition professionals, clients, or anywhere you are representing yourself as an (F)NTP, you should not present yourself as a professional qualified to dispense guidance on vaccinations unless you have the proper medical training and associated credentials to do so.
It is our hope that those who have taken the program have a deep respect for bio-individuality and that as part of their professional code of conduct, they seek to share balanced information, consider all sides of a debate, and provide research-based information in an unbiased (as much as humanly possible) manner–but they should never use their credential as a platform to advocate for or against vaccinations as that was not part of their training and does not accurately represent the work an FNTP or NTP is qualified to perform.
How can (F)NTPs best support their clients during this time?
- Promote a diet focused on nutrient-dense food that supports the immune system.
- Focus on Foundational Nutrition, balancing the Nutritional Foundations and detoxification to support someone’s body in processing a vaccine and its additives.
- Promote active lifestyles with a focus on healthy habits and wellness during stressful times such as a pandemic.
- Suggest researched-based resources for clients asking about vaccines without making medical recommendations.
- Refer clients to licensed medical professionals if clients have medical questions regarding vaccines or if the client requires medical or mental health interventions.
Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics of the Nutritional Therapy Association is intended to support the members of the Nutritional Therapy Association individually and collectively in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct.
The standards are used to determine the propriety of conduct in relationships with clients, colleagues, members of allied professions, and the public. The purpose and values of the Nutritional Therapy Association guide this Code of Ethics.
- NTA professionals will participate in activities that improve the nutritional well-being of the client and the community.
- NTA professionals will strive continually to improve skill and knowledge and make their professional attainments available to their clients and colleagues.
- An NTA professional’s services or protocols will be founded on a legal and practical basis. Practitioners will strive to work with others who uphold the highest letter of the law for our profession.
- An NTA professional will not exceed their scope of service or practice, either in abilities or by law.
- An NTA professional will choose whom they will serve. Having undertaken a client, however, they may not neglect the client unless discharged. The member may discontinue service only after giving due notice to the client.
- An NTA professional will seek consultation in doubtful or difficult cases and whenever it appears that the services of other professionals are warranted to provide complete or better-quality advice.
- An NTA professional will not reveal the confidence entrusted during consultations unless required to do so by law. NTA professionals will comply with relevant HIPPA guidelines.
- The professional of the Nutritional Therapy Association will guard the public and themselves against any nutritional counselor deficient in moral character or professional competence. They will obey all laws, uphold the dignity and honor of the profession, and accept its self-imposed disciplines. They will oppose without hesitation the illegal or unethical conduct of fellow members.
- An NTA professional will hold themselves to the highest level of moral and ethical character when interacting with clients and the public. Harassment or misconduct with clients or other professionals will not be tolerated.
- In pursuit of this code and these goals, an NTA professional will vigorously defend our first amendment right of freedom of speech and press to impart truthful information concerning diet and nutrition and will defend the health freedom right of the public to obtain such data from the sources that they may choose.
If you have any questions about our Scope or Code of Ethics, please reach out to NTA Community Affairs Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.