With changing times, dietetic professionals are being progressively recognized and acknowledged by the government sector, the food industry, health professionals and the public for their effective role in leading the way to better nutrition. PNDS recognizes the contribution of colleagues with dietetic and non-dietetic qualifications and welcomes their participation as its members.

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PNDS Code of Ethics

PNDS believes it is in the best interest of the profession and the public it serves to have a Code of Ethics in place that provides guidance to Human Nutrition Professionals (HNPs) in their professional practice and conduct.

PNDS aims to voluntarily adopt a Code of Ethics to reflect the values and ethical principles guiding HNP and to outline commitments and obligations of the HNP to clients, society, self, and the profession.

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Who is Dietitian?

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn RDN credentials:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics: 4-year-BS (Nutrition) OR MSc(4-year) Home Economics with specialization in Foods & Nutrition
  • Completed an accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency combined with undergraduate or graduate studies.
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Become a RDN

How to become a Registered  Dietitian/Nutritionist:

 Based on the guidelines provided by the Pakistan Accreditation of Nutrition and Dietetic Professionals (PANAP), PNDS has developed a registration exam to certify practicing dietitians and nutritionists.

The Exam is held annually in September of every year. Applicants not fulfilling the specified degree criteria may be eligible if they can provide satisfactory evidence that they have acquired all the required competencies through degree/non-degree courses or on the job training. Such cases will be decided by the PNDS Registration Committee.

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Who is Dietitian & Nutritionist?

PNDS recognizes that the differentiation between nutrition and dietetics is not universal. In Pakistan all dietitians are nutritionists however nutritionists without a dietetics qualification/training cannot take on the expert role of a dietitian.Below are official definitions for the profession of dietetics and dietitians.

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    A person with a post graduate degree (MSc/BS/MS, PhD) in nutrition. The function of a nutritionist is to elicit, integrate, disseminate and apply scientific knowledge drawn from the relevant sciences, to promote an understanding of the effects of nutrition, and to enhance the impact of food on health and well-being of people.


    A person with qualifications (MSC, MS /BS) & advanced training in nutrition and dietetics from the universities* Recognized by PNDS

    The dietitian applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of groups of people and individuals in health and disease. Dietitians are health professionals who study and apply the principals of nutrition food management. The scope of dietetic practice is such that dietitians may work in a variety of settings and have a variety of work functions like supervise preparation and service of food, develop modified diets, enteral & parenteral nutrition, participate in research, and educate individuals and groups on good nutritional habits.

Our Vision

PNDS is a National Professional Society that aims to develop and strengthen the profession of Nutrition and Dietetics. PNDS targets to achieve this through education, training and research in order to promote nutritional well-being of Pakistani Population.

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