Become A Member

The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA) is an advocate for the profession, beyond national borders. ICDA works with national and regional associations to raise the profile and enhance the image of the profession globally by setting international standards that we can all aspire to, and to create opportunities for growth, learning and development for national dietetic associations and their members.

Why should your national dietetic association become a member?

Because we are stronger together! ICDA is a global community in which national dietetic associations work together to help one another and the profession as a whole by:

  • Establishing international standards for education and for good practice
  • Supporting each other through exchange of knowledge and perspectives
  • Creating knowledge about the profession
  • Educating others about the profession
  • Creating international professional development opportunities for your members 

Who can become a member?

Membership is available to national dietetic and nutrition associations interested in furthering ICDA’s purposes and who have applied for and been accepted into membership in ICDA by the Board of Directors.

There is only one type of Member. Members are national dietetic and nutrition associations from all countries of the world which meet the conditions for members in the definition that follows, and which make timely payment of the membership fee.

  • On receipt of documentation acceptable to the ICDA Board, membership eligibility will be confirmed.
  • Up to two national dietetic associations from one country may be approved. In the event that there are more than two national associations of dietitians-nutritionists in any one country, the organizations in that country are encouraged to resolve which association(s) ought to be a member. Otherwise, the Board shall consider and approve membership for qualified applicants on a first request basis.
  • Where dietitians and nutritionists in a number of countries that do not have national dietetic associations have formed a regional association, an application from the regional association may be treated as an application from a national dietetic association.
  • Where in a country two or more dietetics associations whose members collectively meet the conditions for members set forth in the definition above have come together to form a federation of dietitians-nutritionists associations the resulting federation of associations may be treated as an application from a national dietetic association.
  • A member association as of May 6, 2016 shall continue to be qualified for membership in the corporation as long as Fees are paid in accordance with the By-law. On termination of membership, reinstatement will be in accordance with the Reinstatement By-law.

Reinstatement – A national dietetic association that has had its membership terminated or that has resigned may apply to become a member under the conditions of membership that apply to all applicants.

Membership Fees – Membership fees are set by members at an annual meeting at an amount to be paid per member in the national dietetic association that is the member of ICDA. The amount, in US dollars, becomes effective with the next financial year.  Members shall be notified in writing of the membership fees to be paid and, if any are not paid within six (6) calendar months of the membership renewal date, the members in default shall automatically cease to be members of ICDA.  A national dietetic association approved for membership shall become a member when fees that are payable by them are received.

A “national dietetic association” is a professional society or association of members, at least 65% of whom are a dietitian-nutritionist, that is, a professional who applies the science of food and nutrition to promote health, prevent and treat disease to optimise the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations” and who meets the international education standard adopted by the ICDA Board of Directors.

How can a national dietetics association become a Member?

The Board of Directors reviews and approves member applications.

How to Apply:
  • Complete the ICDA Membership Application Form and submit it to the ICDA Secretariat, as indicated on the Form.
  • Following approval of ICDA Membership, the member national dietetic association is to pay the ICDA Member Fee. The Secretariat will provide an invoice.

Welcome Fund

  • In 2010, the ICDA Welcome Fund was established to facilitate participation of new member national dietetic associations in ICDA activities.
  • Each new ICDA Member is eligible for a one-time $500 USD grant provided by the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (Foundation).
  • On approval of a new ICDA Member, the ICDA Secretariat will advise the Foundation, and the Foundation will work with the ICDA Secretariat to administer the grant. Grant funds will be transferred directly to ICDA, and ICDA will issue the funds as a statement credit for the new member’s annual dues. If the new member’s dues are less than $500 USD, the remaining funds will be applied to the next year’s dues.
  • Please contact Nicci Brown, MS, RDN, FAND, Program Director, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation at with questions.
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