Welcome to the Homepage of the German Dietitian Association (VDD)

The VDD - German Dietitian Association [germ. Verband der Diätassistenten - Deutscher Bundesverband e.V.] was founded in 1957 in Mainz, Germany and is the only professional association for dietitians in Germany.

The VDD was a founding member of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) in Copenhagen, Denmark 1978 and is an active member of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA) since 1957. The VDD represents  its members in politics, society and industries. Furthermore VDD provides a wide range of services for the members, such as accredited programs in further education and specialisation of dietitians and provides  legal services.

On the following pages provide general information about dietitians in Germany and the registration of dietitians trained outside  Germany.

Education of Dietitians in Germany:
Dietitians (germ. Diätassistent ) in Germany are considered health professionals, like nurses, physiotherapists, midwives, etc. and their professions are protected by federal law.  Each health profession has its own legal framework.

Counselling in Nutrition and Dietetics in Germany:
In addition to state registered dietitians other professions (e.g. ecotrophologists and nutritionists) work in the field of dietetics and nutrition too, e.g. performing counselling in nutrition and dietetics.

Registration of Dietitians trained outside of Germany:
The 16 states in Germany (Bundesländer) are responsible for the registration of health professions.

Activities of the German Dietitian Association

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