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Mission Statement

CDR protects the public through credentialing and assessment processes that assure the competence of registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered.

Vision Statement

The nation recognizes, seeks out and relies on competent CDR credentialed registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered, for food and nutrition expertise.


The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has sole and independent authority in all matters pertaining to certification, including but not limited to standard setting, establishment of fees, finances and administration.

More than 80,000 dietitians and dietetic technicians across the country and the world have taken CDR exams over the past several decades. CDR currently awards seven separate and distinct credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD); Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR);Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR); and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG) and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO).

The Commission’s RD/DTR certification programs are fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence based in Washington, D.C. This accreditation reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing.

The Commission consists of 11 members. Nine members are elected for a three-year term by credentialed practitioners, RDs and DTRs. These elected members /include 7 RDs, 1 RD Specialist, and 1 DTR. A newly credentialed RD had been appointed by the Commission for a one-year term. In addition, a public representative is appointed by Commission members for up to a five year term and has full rights and privileges.

The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the Commission for a one-year term June 1 – May 31.

You can contact CDR at 312-899-0040 Ext. 5500 or e-mail


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