Reporting Harm or Misuse of Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Credential

It is the professional and ethical responsibility of registered dietitians to:

  • Report individuals who use the term Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist who are not licensed to use that term, and
  • Report harm inflicted on consumers by practioners providing nutrition advice and counseling which is not evidence based and results in nutritional, physical, medical, psychological and/or economic harm.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has developed a form for reporting incidences of LDN title misuse and harm to consumers. The form can be accessed at:

It is essential that registered dietitians take reports of consumer harm seriously and report them to assure that the residents of Pennsylvania receive only high quality, safe and evidence based nutritional treatment, counseling, and advice.

Reporting of Crimes and Disciplinary Actions

Effective October 17, 2015, RNs, LPNs, CRNPs, LDNs, and CNSs MUST notify the State Board of Nursing of the following:

• Pending criminal charges
• Criminal convictions (including a guilty plea, conviction following a trial,
probation without verdict and Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition)
• Disciplinary actions taken by other states/jurisdictions

Pending criminal charges and criminal convictions MUST be reported within 30 days of the action.

Discipline taken against a license in other states/jurisdictions MUST be reported within 90 days.

Notification should be made online at:

As part of that notification, licensees will be able to upload relevant documents. Licensees who do not have internet access shall mail the notification and supporting documentation to the Board office. Failure to make a timely report may result in the imposition of a disciplinary
A copy of this regulation can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin at:

State Board of Nursing
Phone – (717) 783-7142
Fax – (717) 783-0822