Competency Standards

Competency Standards describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes Accredited Dietitians should possess to practice dietetics in Hong Kong.
                                  Domains of Dietetic Competency


Dietetic Process and Professional reasoning

Registrants should be able to:

  1. Apply the nutrition care process based on the expectations and priorities of individuals, group, community or population
  2. Engage in collaborative practice in providing high quality, cost efficient services to achieve positive health outcomes
  3. Reflect and review own dietetic practice
  4. Work independently and in partnership to integrate nutrition and dietetics into overall professional care/service
  5. Respect the unique emotional, social, cultural, religious, ecological needs of individuals, groups, communities or populations

Evidence-based Practice and Application of Research

Registrants should be able to:

  1. Systematically search, judge, interpret, and apply findings from food, nutrition, dietetic, social, behavioural and education sciences into practice
  2. Identify, design, and participate in research and audit to enhance the practice of dietetics
  3. Apply food and nutrition science to solve problems
  4. Apply an evidence-based approach to dietetics practice
  5. Share evidence-based dietetics and nutrition with colleagues and key stakeholders

Quality Assurance of Dietetic Practice

Registrants should be able to:

  1. Improve practice through continuous and systematic evaluation, maintaining clear and concise records of all activities
  2. Maintain competence to practice through continuing professional development and lifelong learning
  3. Assumes leadership, educational and mentoring roles
  4. Use current technologies, to collect and manage data responsibly and professionally for information and reporting purposes
  5. Accepts responsibility for ensuring practice meets legislative requirements
  6. Establish and maintain safe practice environment

Professional Relationships, Communication and Partnerships

Registrants should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and responsibly using multiple means
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal skills, professional autonomy and accountability
  3. Build partnerships, networks and promote the dietetics profession
  4. Seek, support and promote opportunities for learning among peers, and others
  5. Advocate the contribution that nutrition and dietetics can make to improve health

Knowledge Essential for the Practice of Dietetics

Registrants should be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of food and food systems, human nutrition and dietetics in the provision of services
  2. Integrate knowledge of biomedical sciences in the provision of services
  3. Integrate knowledge of behavioural and social sciences in the provision of dietetic services
  4. Integrate business management principles and skills in the provision of service
  5. Integrate knowledge of organizational, professional and legislative requirements in the provision of dietetic services

Accredited Dietitians will be expected to be able to possess all competencies.  They may be required to provide multiple pieces of assessments or supporting evidence in order to demonstrate they possess each of the competency standards.  The detailed competency standards and examples of performance indicators and evidence are shown in Competency Standards of the HKAAD (April 2019).