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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 202: Board of registration of dietitians and nutritionists; powers and duties

Section 202. The board shall have the following powers and duties:

(1) to promulgate regulations and adopt such rules as are necessary to regulate the field of dietetics and nutrition and the practice of licensed dietitians/nutritionists;

(2) to receive, review, approve or disapprove applications for licensing and to issue licenses;

(3) to establish administrative procedures for processing applications and renewals and to hire or appoint such agents as appropriate for processing applications and renewals;

(4) to retain records of its actions and proceedings in accordance with the public records law;

(5) to establish specifications for the licensing examination consistent with the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education and the Standards of Educational and Psychological Testing prepared by the Committee to Develop Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing of the American Educational Research Association, The American Psychological Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education;

(6) to define by regulation the appropriate standards for education and experience necessary to qualify for licensure, and for the conduct and ethics which shall govern the practice of licensed dietitians/nutritionists;

(7) to establish administrative procedures consistent with chapter 30A for the conduct of disciplinary proceedings;

(8) to fine, censure, suspend, revoke or otherwise discipline licensees pursuant to the disciplinary proceedings provided for herein;

(9) to summarily suspend the license of licensees who pose an imminent danger to the public provided a hearing is afforded to the licensee within seven days of the board's action to determine whether such summary action was warranted;

(10) to person such other functions and duties as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.