By the Division of Professional Licensure


The Board of Registration of Dieticians and Nutritionists ("the Board") voted at its meetings on November 30, 2007 and June 9, 2015 to adopt the following Policy Guideline. This policy guideline is intended as a recommended protocol for the profession and the Board to follow. The guideline set forth below does not have the full force and effect of law, as would a Massachusetts General Law or a Board rule or regulation. However, the Board uses policy guidelines as an internal management tool in formulating decisions that relate to issues in the practice of human dietetics and nutrition.

Policy No. 15-001

Purpose:
The purpose of this policy statement is to offer guidance to Licensees regarding the procedures for the renewal of lapsed/expired licenses as set forth in 268 Code Mass. Regs. § 3.02(2)(c) and to clarify the effect of G. L. c. 112, §65F.

Policy:
If a person seeks to reinstate their license within 2 years (one renewal cycle) of their expiration date, the applicant may, upon discretion of the Board, renew his/her license by completing a renewal application including attesting to completion of all appropriate continuing education activities, paying the current renewal fee, and paying a late fee.

If a person seeks to reinstate their license beyond  2 years but within 6 years of their expiration date (two to three renewal cycles), the applicant may, upon discretion of the Board, renew their license by completing all of the following procedures:

  1. submit a completed license renewal application, together with documentation of completion of all appropriate continuing education activities,  thirty (30) CEU hours per renewal cycle (including the renewal cycle completed at the time of the license lapse) pursuant to G. L. C. 112, § 207 in the science of human nutrition  (see Policy Bulletin #06-01); and
  2. pay two current renewal fees and any late fee as may be established by the Secretary of Administration and Finance pursuant to G. L. c. 7, § 3B to the Board.

If a person seeks to reinstate their license beyond six years of their expiration date, the applicant may, upon the discretion of the Board, renew of their license by completing all of the following procedures:

  1. submit a completed license renewal application together with documentation of either:
    1. maintenance of licensure in another state during the entire expiration period and documentation of completion of all appropriate continuing education activities,  thirty (30) CEU hours per renewal cycle (including the renewal cycle completed at the time of the license lapse) pursuant to G. L. c. 112, § 207 in the science of human nutrition  (see Policy Bulletin #06-01);
    2. maintenance of the registered dietician or registered dietitian nutritionist credential during the entire expiration period and documentation of completion of all appropriate continuing education activities,  thirty (30) CEU hours per renewal cycle (including the renewal cycle completed at the time of the license lapse) pursuant to G. L. c. 112, § 207 in the science of human nutrition  (see Policy Bulletin #06-01);or
    3. successful completion of a written or electronic competency examination approved by the Board and designed to test the competency and knowledge needed to practice; and
  2. pay two current renewal fees and any late fee as may be established by the Secretary of Administration and Finance pursuant to G. L. c. 7, § 3B to the Board.

Authority: G. L. c. 112, §§ 207, 65F