Ethical Implications of Supplement Sales and Recommendations

Tuesday, October 19
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 164175


Although the interest and use of dietary supplements in the United States has continued to increase, their safety and efficacy remains a concern. Registered dietitian nutritionists who recommend and/or sell dietary supplements have an ethical obligation to their patients/clients. This session will offer guidance relating to best practices and assist nutrition and dietetics practitioners in recognizing actual or potential ethical issues which may be encountered in practice when recommending and/or selling dietary supplements. The speakers will present scenarios depicting principles and standards of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/Commission on Dietetic Registration Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession and provide an overview of resources intended to aid in the evaluation of the safety, appropriateness, and efficacy of dietary supplement use.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize resources to aid in the evaluation of the effectiveness or appropriateness of using dietary supplements.
  • Apply ethical principles when recommending the use of dietary supplements to patients/clients.
  • Identify at least three potential ethical concerns relating to the recommendation and/or sale of dietary supplements.

Performance Indicators:

  • 1.1.1 Accepts own responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions related to customers.
  • 1.1.6 Recognizes and manages situations with ethical implications.
  • 1.1.4 Practices with honesty, integrity, transparency and fairness.