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Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council Vacancy

Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council

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Have you ever wanted to have an active voice in discussing issues that affect the practice of Dietetics and Nutrition in the State of Florida?

Yes? Your opportunity is now!

The Dietetics and Nutrition Council of Florida is currently soliciting applications to fill the following vacancy:

One (1) Professional Member Vacancy

Professional Members must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Each licensed member must have been a licensee under 486 Part X for at least 3 years prior to appointment.

How to apply:

  • Download and complete the Member Questionnaire.
  • Submit the completed questionnaire to the Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Council Office, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-05, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255.
  • Contact the Council Office at dieteticsnutrition@flhealth.gov with any questions.

Application Review Process & Deadlines:

  • Applications are accepted on a continuous basis until any outstanding vacancies are filled. Your completed questionnaire will be reviewed by the Dietetics and Nutrition Council during one of its regularly scheduled meetings. Thereafter, the Council will make recommendations to the Florida Board of Medicine. The Board of Medicine will determine the meeting date(s) on which it will consider Council Member candidates and make final appointments. Candidates selected for review will receive notice of the meeting at which their application will be considered.

What is the role of the Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Council?

The Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Council is created under Section 468.506, Florida Statutes, under the supervision of the Florida Board of Medicine.  The Council currently is delegated the following powers and duties: approval and denial of dietician/nutritionist by endorsement or examination, issuance and denial of temporary permits to applicants for endorsement or examination, approval and denial of requests for exemption from employment disqualification pursuant to section 435.07, Florida Statutes, approval and denial of continuing education programs and providers of continuing education programs in dietetics and nutrition practice, and rulemaking proposals, petitions for declaratory statement and petitions to adopt, amend or repeal rules which relate to dietetics and nutrition practice and nutrition counseling and assessment shall be presented to the Council. The Council shall consider the matter and make recommendations to the Board as to the appropriate action to be taken.

What are the expectations for Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Council Members?

  • Becomes knowledgeable about the regulations governing the profession. Legal experience is not required to meet this expectation; the Council staffs an attorney which provides guidance to the Council on legal issues/questions.
  • Participates in four (4) quarterly public Council meetings via conference call per year. Members are provided with materials to be discussed no later than two weeks prior to each scheduled meeting. Members are expected to review and be prepared to discuss and vote on items such as applications for licensure, training school and continuing education provider applications and rule modifications among other items.
  • May serve as an officer or liaison for the Council. Elections for Council officer and liaison positions are conducted at the first scheduled meeting of each calendar year. Available positions include Chair, Vice-Chair, Unlicensed Activity Liaison, Budget Liaison, Education Liaison and Legislative Liaison. Note that these positions generally do not require a significant amount of time for the incumbents.
  • Observes regulations affecting service as a member on the Council. After appointment, all new members are required to undergo an orientation in which information is provided on the functions of the Council, under the Florida Board of Medicine, and important parameters for service including Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Legal References

Chapter 468.506, F.S., states that  anytime there is a vacancy on the council, any professional association composed of persons licensed under this part may recommend licensees to fill the vacancy to the board in a number at least twice the number of vacancies to be filled, and the board may appoint from the submitted list, in its discretion, any of those persons so recommended.

468.506 Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council. —There is created the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council under the supervision of the board. The council shall consist of four persons licensed under this part and one consumer who is 60 years of age or older. Council members shall be appointed by the board. Licensed members shall be appointed based on the proportion of licensees within each of the respective disciplines. Members shall be appointed for 4-year staggered terms. In order to be eligible for appointment, each licensed member must have been a licensee under this part for at least 3 years prior to his or her appointment. No council member shall serve more than two successive terms. The board may delegate such powers and duties to the council as it may deem proper to carry out the operations and procedures necessary to effectuate the provisions of this part. However, the powers and duties delegated to the council by the board must encompass both dietetics and nutrition practice and nutrition counseling. Any time there is a vacancy on the council, any professional association composed of persons licensed under this part may recommend licensees to fill the vacancy to the board in a number at least twice the number of vacancies to be filled, and the board may appoint from the submitted list, in its discretion, any of those persons so recommended. Any professional association composed of persons licensed under this part may file an appeal regarding a council appointment with the State Surgeon General, whose decision shall be final. The board shall fix council members’ compensation and pay their expenses in the same manner as provided in s. 456.011.

History.—ss. 6, 19, 20, ch. 88-236; ss. 4, 5, ch. 91-429; s. 6, ch. 96-367; s. 91, ch. 98-166; s. 130, ch. 99-397; s. 150, ch. 2000-160; s. 94, ch. 2008-6.

The council meets quarterly by conference call. Members do not receive compensation, but are reimbursed for travel expenses.

468.506, F.S., Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council - There is created the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council under the supervision of the board. The council shall consist of four persons licensed under this part and one consumer who is 60 years of age or older.

Council members shall be appointed by the board. Licensed members shall be appointed based on the proportion of licensees within each of the respective disciplines. Members shall be appointed for 4-year staggered terms. In order to be eligible for appointment, each licensed member must have been a licensee under this part for at least 3 years prior to his or her appointment. 

No council member shall serve more than two successive terms. The board may delegate such powers and duties to the council as it may deem proper to carry out the operations and procedures necessary to effectuate the provisions of this part. However, the powers and duties delegated to the council by the board must encompass both dietetics and nutrition practice and nutrition counseling.