Competency Referrals

Should you have concerns as an employer about the competence or fitness to practice of a dietitian in a case where no identifiable health consumer is involved you should contact the Board.

Please refer to Guidelines for Competency Referrals written by the Health Regulatory Authorities NZ (HRANZ) and the District Health Boards NZ (DHBNZ). 

The Dietitians Board may at any time review or assess the competence of a registered dietitian who holds a current practising certificate, whether or not it has received a complaint and whether or not it has other reason to believe that the dietitian's competence may be deficient.

If the Board assesses a risk of serious harm to the public because the dietitian is practising below the required standard of competence, the Board can suspend the dietitian's Annual Practising Certificate or place conditions on the dietitian's Scope of Practice.

The Board may undertake a review or competency assessment of a registered dietitian. If the Board has reason to believe that the dietitian fails to meet the standard of competence the Board must make one or more of the orders specified in the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, that:

  • The dietitian undertake a competence programme
  • One or more conditions be included in the dietitian's Scope of Practice
  • The dietitian sits an examination or undertakes an assessment specified in the order
  • The dietitian be counselled or assisted by one or more nominated persons