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RULE §116.2Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) Academy--The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the national professional association of dietitians.

  (2) Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)--The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for dietetic education programs.

  (3) Accredited facilities--Facilities accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

  (4) Act--The Licensed Dietitian Act, Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 701.

  (5) Advisory Board--Dietitians Advisory Board.

  (6) Certified facilities, agencies, or organizations--Facilities, agencies, or organizations certified by federal agencies.

  (7) Commission--The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation.

  (8) Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)--The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the agency that evaluates credentials, administers proficiency examinations, and issues certificates of registration to qualifying dietitians, and is a member of the National Commission on Health Certifying Agencies. The Commission on Dietetic Registration also approves continuing education activities.

  (9) Department--The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

  (10) Dietitian--A person licensed under the Act.

  (11) Dietetics--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 to the proper nourishment, care, and education of individuals or groups throughout the life cycle to achieve and maintain the health of people. The term includes, without limitation, the development, management, and provision of nutrition services.

  (12) Executive director--The executive director of the department.

  (13) Licensed dietitian (LD)--A person licensed under the Act.

  (14) Licensed facilities, agencies, or organizations--Facilities, agencies, or organizations licensed by state agencies.

  (15) Licensee--A person who holds a current license as a dietitian issued under the Act.

  (16) Nutrition assessment--The evaluation of the nutritional needs of individuals and groups based on appropriate biochemical, anthropometric, physical, and dietary data to determine nutrient needs and recommend appropriate nutritional intake including enteral and parenteral nutrition. Nutrition assessment is an important component of medical nutrition therapy.

  (17) Nutrition counseling--Advising and assisting individuals or groups on appropriate nutritional intake by integrating information from the nutrition assessment with information on food and other sources of nutrients and meal preparation consistent with cultural background and socioeconomic status. Nutrition counseling is an important component of medical nutrition therapy.

  (18) Nutrition services--This term means:

    (A) assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups and determining resources and constraints in the practice;

    (B) establishing priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutritional needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints;

    (C) providing nutrition counseling in health and disease;

    (D) developing, implementing, and managing nutrition care systems; or

    (E) evaluating, making changes in, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition care services.

  (19) Registered dietitian (RD)--A person who is currently registered as a dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Source Note: The provisions of this §116.2 adopted to be effective October 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 4481; amended to be effective July 1, 2018, 43 TexReg 4173; amended to be effective August 1, 2020, 45 TexReg 5185

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