REPORT TITLE:
Dietitian Licensing Program


DESCRIPTION:
Creates a licensing program for dietitians that establishes
licensing and disciplinary procedures and standards, and sets
forth educational qualifications necessary to obtain a
dietitian's license. (HB749 HD2)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO DIETITIANS.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that nutrition plays a
 
 2 critical role in growth and brain development, the prevention of
 
 3 diseases such as cancer, the control and treatment of many
 
 4 diseases including arteriosclerosis and diabetes, and the
 
 5 attainment and maintenance of health.  Due to the growing
 
 6 awareness of the relationship between sound nutrition and health,
 
 7 there has also been a virtual explosion in the amount of
 
 8 information available to the public about nutrition.
 
 9 Unfortunately, but understandably, much of this information is
 
10 contradictory, confusing, and misleading and, when followed, may
 
11 actually undermine rather than improve a person's health.  In
 
12 addition, there has also been substantial growth in the amount of
 
13 quackery practiced in our community by persons providing services
 
14 as dietitians, a profession that is not yet regulated by the
 
15 State.
 
16      The legislature accordingly finds that to protect the
 
17 health, safety, and welfare of the public, dietitians should be
 
18 licensed.  A dietitian licensing program will supplement
 
19 applicable federal legislation, and establish appropriate
 
20 standards and qualifications for those who wish to practice as
 

 
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 1 licensed dietitians in this State.  This will serve the public
 
 2 welfare by identifying those persons who have demonstrated a
 
 3 basic understanding of sound, scientifically-based dietetic
 
 4 principles, and who are qualified to provide licensed dietitian
 
 5 services.
 
 6      The purpose of this Act is to establish a licensing program
 
 7 for dietitians that establishes licensing and disciplinary
 
 8 procedures and standards, and sets forth the training and
 
 9 educational qualifications necessary to become a licensed
 
10 dietitian.
 
11      SECTION 2.  The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding
 
12 a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as
 
13 follows:
 
14                             "CHAPTER
 
15                            DIETITIANS
 
16        -1  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the
 
17 context otherwise requires:
 
18      "Association" means the American Dietetic Association.
 
19      "Commission on Accreditation" means the Commission on
 
20 Accreditation/Approval for Dietetic Education.
 
21      "Department" means the department of commerce and consumer
 
22 affairs.
 

 
 
 
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 1      "Dietetic practice" means the integration and application of
 
 2 scientific principles of nutrition, biochemistry, physiology,
 
 3 food, behavioral, and social sciences, in managing disease, and
 
 4 achieving and maintaining human health throughout the life cycle.
 
 5      "Director" means the director of commerce and consumer
 
 6 affairs.
 
 7      "Licensed dietitian" means a person who uses the title of
 
 8 dietitian and has been issued a license under this chapter to
 
 9 engage in the practice of dietetics.
 
10        -2 Dietitian licensing program.  There is established
 
11 a dietitian licensing program within the department to be
 
12 administered by the director.
 
13        -3 Powers and duties of the director.  In addition to
 
14 any other powers and duties authorized by law, the director shall
 
15 have the following powers and duties:
 
16      (1)  Examine and approve the qualifications of all
 
17           applicants under this chapter and issue a license to
 
18           each successful applicant, granting permission to use
 
19           the title of licensed dietitian in this State pursuant
 
20           to this chapter and the rules adopted under this
 
21           chapter;
 
22      (2)  Adopt, amend, or repeal rules pursuant to this chapter
 
23           in accordance with chapter 91;
 

 
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 1      (3)  Administer, coordinate, and enforce this chapter and
 
 2           the rules adopted pursuant thereto;
 
 3      (4)  Discipline a person licensed as a dietitian for any
 
 4           cause described by this chapter or for any rule
 
 5           violation, fine any licensed dietitian for any cause
 
 6           described by this chapter, or refuse to license a
 
 7           person for failure to meet the licensing requirements
 
 8           for any cause that would be grounds for disciplining a
 
 9           licensed dietitian; and
 
10      (5)  Appoint an advisory committee to assist with the
 
11           implementation of this chapter, wherein the majority of
 
12           the members shall be licensed dietitians, and the
 
13           remainder shall be members of the public; provided that
 
14           the initial members of the advisory committee who are
 
15           dietitians shall be exempt from the licensing
 
16           requirements.
 
17        -4 Fees; disposition.(a)  Application, license,
 
18 renewal, penalty fees, and other fees relating to the
 
19 administration of this chapter, none of which may be refunded,
 
20 shall be as provided in rules adopted by the director pursuant to
 
21 chapter 91.
 
22      (b)  The fees assessed shall be managed in accordance with
 
23 section 26-9(l).
 

 
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 1        -5 License; requirements; exemption.(a)  No person
 
 2 shall purport to be a "licensed dietitian", or use the letters
 
 3 "L.D." in connection with the person's name, or use any words or
 
 4 symbols indicating or tending to indicate that the person is a
 
 5 licensed dietitian without meeting the applicable requirements
 
 6 and holding a license pursuant to this chapter.
 
 7      (b)  An applicant for a dietitian's license shall:
 
 8      (1)  Submit an application on a form prescribed by the
 
 9           director;
 
10      (2)  Furnish satisfactory evidence of meeting the following
 
11           requirements:
 
12           (A)  Completion of a didactic program in dietetics that
 
13                is approved or accredited by the Commission on
 
14                Accreditation and at least a baccalaureate degree
 
15                from a college or university accredited by an
 
16                accrediting agency recognized by the United States
 
17                Secretary of Education.  Applicants who have
 
18                obtained their education outside of the United
 
19                States and its territories shall also obtain
 
20                validation of their academic degrees by an agency
 
21                authorized to validate foreign academic degrees as
 
22                being equivalent to a baccalaureate, master's, or
 
23                doctoral degree conferred by a regionally-
 

 
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 1                accredited college or university in the United
 
 2                States.  Validation of a foreign degree shall not
 
 3                eliminate the need for a verification statement of
 
 4                completion of a didactic program in dietetics;
 
 5           (B)  Complete a supervised practice requirement from a
 
 6                program approved by the Commission on
 
 7                Accreditation or the Association;
 
 8           (C)  Pass a national examination administered by the
 
 9                Commission on Dietetic Registration, the
 
10                credentialing agency for the Association; and
 
11           (D)  Submit a report of any disciplinary action
 
12                relating to dietetics practice taken against the
 
13                applicant in another jurisdiction.
 
14        -6 Issuance.  The director shall issue a license to
 
15 any person who meets all licensing requirements and pays the
 
16 appropriate fees.
 
17        -7 License issued by endorsement.  The director shall
 
18 grant, upon application and payment of proper fees, a license to
 
19 a person who, at the time of application, holds a valid license
 
20 as a dietitian issued by another state, territory, or
 
21 jurisdiction, if the requirements for that license are equal to,
 
22 or greater than, the requirements of this chapter.
 

 
 
 
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 1        -8 Renewal.  Licenses shall be renewed triennially on
 
 2 or before June 30, with the first renewal deadline occurring on
 
 3 June 30, 2003.  Failure to renew a license shall result in a
 
 4 forfeiture of the license.  Licenses that have been forfeited may
 
 5 be restored within one year of the expiration date upon payment
 
 6 of renewal and restoration fees.  Failure to restore a forfeited
 
 7 license within one year of the date of its expiration shall
 
 8 result in the automatic termination of the license.  Persons with
 
 9 terminated licenses shall be required to reapply as a new
 
10 applicant.
 
11        -9  Revocation, suspension, limitation, or denial of
 
12 licenses; fines. In addition to any other actions authorized by
 
13 law, the director may deny, revoke, limit, suspend, or refuse to
 
14 renew any license granted pursuant to this chapter and may fine
 
15 or otherwise discipline a licensee for any one or any combination
 
16 of the following causes:
 
17      (1)  Conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction of a
 
18           crime which the director has determined to be of a
 
19           nature that renders the person convicted unfit to
 
20           practice dietetics;
 
21      (2)  Failing to report in writing to the director any
 
22           disciplinary decision related to dietetic practice
 
23           issued against the licensee or the applicant in any
 

 
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 1           jurisdiction within thirty days of the disciplinary
 
 2           decision or within twenty days of licensure;
 
 3      (3)  Violation of recognized ethical standards for
 
 4           dietitians as set by the American Dietetic Association;
 
 5      (4)  Use of fraud, deception, or misrepresentation in
 
 6           obtaining a license;
 
 7      (5)  Revocation, suspension, or other disciplinary action by
 
 8           another state, territory, federal agency, or country
 
 9           against the licensee or applicant for any reason stated
 
10           in paragraphs (1) through (4); or
 
11      (6)  Other just and sufficient cause that renders a person
 
12           unfit to practice dietetics.
 
13        -10  Prohibited acts; penalties.(a)  No person shall:
 
14      (1)  Use in connection with the person's name any
 
15           designation tending to imply that the person is a
 
16           licensed dietitian unless the person is duly licensed
 
17           and authorized under this chapter; and
 
18      (2)  Represent oneself as a licensed dietitian during the
 
19           time the person's license issued under this chapter has
 
20           been forfeited, terminated, suspended, or revoked.
 
21      (b)  Any person who violates this section shall be subject
 
22 to a fine of not more that $1,000 per violation."
 
23      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.