By the Division of Professional Licensure

The Board of Registration of Dieticians and Nutritionists ("the Board") voted at its meeting on November 30, 2007 to adopt the following Policy Guideline. This policy guideline is intended as a recommended protocol for the profession 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. 08-001

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 C.M.R. 3.02(2)(c).

Policy:
If a person allows his/her license to lapse 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, paying the renewal fee, and paying a late fee.

If a person allows his/her license to lapse but attempts to renew within 4 years (two license renewal cycles) from the date of expiration, the applicant may obtain renewal of his /her license by completing all of the following procedures:

(a) submit a completed license renewal application, together with documentation of completion of appropriate continuing education programs of at least thirty (30) CEU hours in the science of human nutrition within the last two years ( see Policy Bulletin #06-01); and

(b) pay all back renewal fees, the current renewal fees, and any late fees as may be established by the Secretary of Administration and Finance pursuant to M.G.L. c. 7, §3B to the Board.

If a person allows his/her license to lapse more than 4 years (> 2 renewal cycles) from expiration date) the applicant may obtain renewal of his /her license by completing all of the following procedures:

a) submit a completed license renewal application; and

b) submit documentation of completion of appropriate continuing education programs ( see Policy Bulletin #06-01) of at least sixty (60) CEU hours in the science of human nutrition within the last four years; thirty (30) of which must have been completed in the past two years, OR pass a written or electronic competency examination approved by the Board and designed to test the competency and knowledge needed to practice; and

c) pay all back renewal fees, the current renewal fees, and any late fees as may be established by the Secretary of Administration and Finance pursuant to M.G.L. c. 7, §3B to the Board.

Discussion:
Pursuant to 268 CMR 3.02 (2)(c) "if a person allows his/her license to lapse, does not renew for one license renewal period of two years from the date of expiration, but thereafter attempts to renew his/her license, the Board may grant renewal upon its discretion. The Board may require the applicant to: appear before the Board, take an examination, to document continued professional competency, complete all continuing education requirements from the date of expiration of his/her license, and/or to practice under supervision prior to, or as a term of condition of, issuing a late renewal license. Said applicant, if reinstated, shall pay all back renewal fees, the current renewal fee, and any late fees as may be established by the Secretary of Administration and Finance pursuant to M.G.L. c. 7, § 3B to the Board."

Authority: M.G.L. Chapter 112, Section 202; and 268 CMR 3.00 et seq.