About us

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the only body in the UK representing the whole of the dietetic workforce. We are a trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of our members. Founded in 1936, we are one of the oldest and most experienced dietetic organisations in the world.

Membership is open to anyone working in dietetics, in nutrition, or who has an interest in diet or food, throughout the world. We represent the whole of the dietetic workforce - practitioners, researchers, educators, support workers and students.

The BDA seeks to ensure the fair and equal treatment of all members, including fair representation and access to services and participation. We will seek to protect the rights of all members to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.  We will promote the equality of opportunity for the dietetic profession, and work to remove barriers to career progression

This website provides a large amount of information for anyone interested in food and nutrition as well as dietetics as a career. If you are a BDA member, you will also have access to a wide variety of resources and support in your work or practice.

Please note: we cannot provide dietary or nutritional advice to the general public. For advice, please consult a HCPC registered dietitian either through the NHS or Freelance (fee payable). Access the BDA directory of freelance dietitians here.

Our Patron

In 1983 the late Queen Elizabeth II honoured the Association by graciously accepting an invitation to grant her patronage to the British Dietetic Association.

Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level.

Read more about the profession here.  

Work with us

We have a large volunteer community of members who work with us on guideline development, consultation responses, media and networks that support our community. We also work with a range of external organisations, including commercial companies and other alliances. 

Read more about how to work with us here.