Dietary staffing requirements and sanitation credentialing requirements vary by state and by facility type. Find out more about your state's regulations.
The majority of states have enacted laws which regulate the practice of dietetics. These laws may define what tasks may be performed ONLY by a qualified dietitian. If you practice dietary management in these states, it is important that you understand the regulations.
Staffing Regulations by State
Dietary staffing requirements vary by state and by facility type. Download the PDF linked below to find requirements for each state as outlined by the state's health department regulations. Long term care requirements listed on the top half of each page, hospital requirements listed on the bottom half of each page. For further clarification, please contact the state health department.
Updated as of March 2022
Please also review the federal CMS regulations for CDM, CFPPs and how they impact Food and Nutrition Services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency responsible for administering requirements governing long-term care facilities. In October 2016, CMS released a comprehensive update of the regulations to reflect advances in theory and practice of service, delivery, and safety for LTC residents, including a section newly defined as Food and Nutrition Services.
Sanitation Credential Acceptance
To review the most up-to-date sanitation credentialing requirements in your state, please visit your state's health department website (linked below).