This policy is intended to provide a structured process for providers of continuing education who wish to become accredited by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists and market their activities as eligible for Nutrition Professional Continuing Education (NPCE) credits for Certified Nutrition Specialists®.
It ensures that: a.) each activity meets an established set of quality standards and is evaluated based on the same set of criteria, b.) the BCNS (or CNS®) seal is issued only for activities that meet such standards, and c.) Nutrition professionals receive high quality continuing education. The process involves reviewing and accrediting potential providers to offer activities for continuing education credit that would be accepted by BCNS and also other professional associations. The process is similar to CME in the field of medicine and also to CPE in the field of dietetics. It is a voluntary process. Thus, BCNS will continue to accept individual continuing education activities that are approved by BCNS but not NPCE- accredited.