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Practising As A Dietitian In Cyprus

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Information on permits required to practise as a dietitian in Cyprus

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Practise as a Clinical Dietitian and/or Dietitian
    
Description

In order to practice as a Clinical Dietitian or/and Dietitian in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register with the Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, and obtain a Certificate of Registration.

Eligibility Criteria

Every natural person is eligible to register with the Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians, provided that the Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians is satisfied that he/she fulfils the following criteria:

is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus or a European citizen or a spouse of Cyprus citizen who has his/her permanent residence in Cyprus, at the time of the application’s submission;

is at least 21 years old;

has not been convicted for a moral offence or inherent moral obscenity, which at the discretion of the Board makes him/her unfit to register as a dietitian ;

has a Degree or University Diploma or Equivalent qualification (of a dietitian, clinical dietitian ), from any country as the Board determines by notice published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus as a recognized qualification for the purposes of the 'Registration of Food Scientists and Dietitians Law' (N. 31(I)/96);

is a professional member ,associate member or fellow or affiliate or active member of the Dietetic Association of UK or USA or the Health and Professional Council (HCPC) or Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) (the last two are for the clinical dietitans);    

if the degree of the person requesting registration to the Registry of Dietitians is in Clinical Dietetics or the candidate holds the professional title of RD (Registered Dietitian in USA, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand and South Africa, or other accredited places) then the registration is as Clinical Dietitian.

Application Procedure

The Application for entry of a member in the Register of Dietitians, in the case of dietitians or clinical dietitians, can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:

Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians

P.O.Box 22103

1517 Nicosia

Tel.:+357 22452288

Fax:+357 22452292

The application should be accompanied by the following documents:

copy of Birth Certificate or copy of Identity Card or copy of Passport;

certified copy of a relevant Degree/Diploma/Certificate;

certified copy of the transcript of the above mentioned Degree/Diploma/Certificate;

certified copy of a membership registration to professional body recognized by the Association;

certified documentation for practical experience as a clinical dietitian or/and dietitian (self-employed or employee);

original Certificate of Clear Criminal Record;

leaflets for Internal Information System (IMI)

€50 registration fee.

The applicant is informed in writing regarding the authorisation decision within three months from the date from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted and a Registration Certificate is sent only with approval.

The Certificate of Registration is valid for one year from the date of issue. The renewal fee is €35 and is mandatory.

Obligations and Supervision

Registered Dietitians, Clinical Dietitians, Food Scientists and Food Technologists are obliged to comply with the provisions of the 'Registration of Food Scientists and Dietitians Law' (N. 31(Ι)/96), the relevant Bylaws as well as the Code of Ethics of the Cyprus Dietetic and Nutrition Association, as periodically amended.

Indicatively, professional members should comply with the following:

offer satisfactory and detailed information in a simple and understandable manner to enable the client/patient form his/her own decision;

present the client with substantiated information and interpret controversial information without any bias recognizing that opinions vary;

protect confidential information regarding their clients and guarantee, as far as possible, full confidentiality without any limitation;

offer professional services with objectivity and with respect to the unique needs and values of their client;

offer professional services in a manner sensitive to the educational and social level of the client without discriminating against others on the basis of sex, nationality, religion, economic and social classes or a person’s disability;

not allow sexual harassment towards themselves and strictly refrain from such behavior in relation to their clients/patients;

although the fee charged to clients can be set freely, dietitians should not claim an exorbitant fee to a degree of profiteering.

The Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians is the delegated body to exercise disciplinary control and impose disciplinary penalties, such as the deletion of a registered dietitian from the registry.

Other Associations

Cyprus Dietetic & Nutrition Association

P.O.Box 28823,

CY-. 2083 Nicosia,

Cyprus,

Tel: +357 22452288

Fax: +357 22452292

Source PSC

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