What We Do

As an organization of national professional associations of Dietitians and Nutritionists, we support national dietetic associations and their members beyond borders.

The International Confederation
of Dietetic Associations

The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA) is an organization of national associations of Dietitians and Nutritionists. Dietetic associations are professional societies whose members have education qualifications in food, nutrition and dietetics recognized by a national authority. Dietitians and Nutritionists are widely recognized as health professionals who promote health through food and nutrition. The nationally recognized professional title in some countries is Dietitian and in other countries it is Nutritionist. Some countries officially recognize both titles. 


We develop international standards of good practice by building consensus among national dietetics associations around the world.


We enhance the image of the profession by communicating the ethical standards, standards of good practice and education qualifications of dietetics professionals.


We raise awareness of the dietetics profession through affiliation with regional and international food, nutrition and health organizations and professional associations.


We study the work and education of Dietitians and Nutritionists around the world.


We support collaboration among dietetics associations to promote sharing of knowledge and professional perspectives across the world.


We support dialogue among Dietitians and Nutritionists around the world to promote sharing of knowledge, practice perspectives and resources through our networking service, newsletter and the International Congress of Dietetics.

Our Mission

The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA) is the largest world-wide body of dietetics professionals. It supports national dietetic associations (NDA) and their members, beyond national and regional boundaries, by providing:

Our Goals

Actionable Goals

Create opportunities to build knowledge about the profession by:

Build Network Capacity by:

Increase opportunities for the profession to make its contribution by:

Marketing of ICDA and the profession by:

Strategic Collaborations

ICDA is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, which constantly maintains its independence and integrity. ICDA will form strategic collaborations – working in partnership with other entities – to achieve its mission and goals.

ICDA guidelines for collaboration with the broader food, nutrition and health sector organizations and companies have the objective of increasing ICDA’s potential through receipt of funds and/or services from sponsoring corporations and other entities while maintaining its integrity and independence, as well as the professional standing of its members.

A wide range of options exists for companies and other entities to collaborate with ICDA. This type of collaboration can support both ICDA’s objectives as well as those of the collaborating entity. ICDA understands that forming new partnerships is a positive step towards promoting its objectives and aspirations.

For the above reasons, the ICDA will not sign sponsorship and/or collaboration agreements with organisations, entities or companies that have objectives, marketing strategies or practices that contradict, hinder or obstruct its mission, values, or the ethics of the profession.

Our History

The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations has a history that began in 1952 with the first International Congress of Dietetics in Amsterdam. From that point forward an international committee and a national dietetic association hosted the International Congress of Dietetics every four years.

Early proposals and decisions about an international forum for dietitians are described in A History of the British Dietetic Association. Newman Books; London; 1961; pp 65 – 69


Vision 20/20 presented at the XII International Congress of Dietetics set a new course for an international organization. Dietetics Around the World was launched as ICDA’s regular newsletter.


At the XIII International Congress of Dietetics, official delegates of national dietetic associations adopted a new name and the first Mission statement for the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations.


At the XIV International Congress of Dietetics official Representatives approved the first international standard.


The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in Canada.


We have over 40 national dietetic associations members, who together represent over 160,000 Dietitians.


At the annual meeting new Articles and a new By-law were approved for continued incorporation under a new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.  The new By-law permits up to two national associations of dietitians within a country to be Members.


ICDA Commission for Dietitian-Nutritionist Education and Accreditation (I-CDEA) was established.


Launch of the Sustainable Food Systems Toolkit, a web-based toolkit designed by and for ICDA members to support Dietitians-Nutritionists integrate sustainability in practice.


ICDA launched its’ LinkedIn page and organized the first virtual International Congress of Dietetics co-organized by the Association for Dietitians in South Africa (ADSA)


A new era begins: The new ICDA logo and a revised website are launched.

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