The Governor of New Jersey signed A 1582/S 2625 into law on January 13, 2020.
This legislation creates a license to practice medical nutrition therapy in the state. It creates a licensure path for Certified Nutrition Specialists® (CNSs) and other advanced-degreed nutritionists and allows other nutrition practitioners to provide individualized nutrition counseling that doesn’t target a medical condition. We are pleased to have worked with leading nutrition stakeholders to improve and bring forth this legislation!
The bill was supposed to become effective in January 2021. However, board appointments have not been finalized (as of May 2021). The ANA Advocacy Team is actively working to move the board appointment and rules and regulations processes forward, and we will update CNSs in New Jersey as progress is made.
There is no action you can take at this time to become licensed. New Jersey CNSs will be notified when the licensure application becomes available.
You can read the bill and learn more about the requirements one must meet for licensure at https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/A2000/1582_R2a.PDF.