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225 ILCS 30/20

    (225 ILCS 30/20) (from Ch. 111, par. 8401-20)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-945)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 20. Exemptions. This Act does not prohibit or restrict:
    (a) Any person licensed in this State under any other Act from engaging in the practice for which he or she is licensed.
    (b) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by a person who is employed by the United States or State government or any of its bureaus, divisions, or agencies while in the discharge of the employee's official duties.
    (c) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by a person employed as a cooperative extension home economist, to the extent the activities are part of his or her employment.
    (d) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by a person pursuing a course of study leading to a degree in dietetics, nutrition, or an equivalent major from a regionally accredited school or program, if the activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study and if the person is designated by a title that clearly indicates the person's status as a student or trainee.
    (e) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by a person fulfilling the supervised practice experience component of Section 45, if the activities and services constitute a part of the experience necessary to meet the requirements of Section 45.
    (f) A person, including a licensed acupuncturist, from:
        (1) providing oral nutrition information as an
    
operator or employee of a health food store or business that sells health products, including dietary supplements, food, or food materials; or
        (2) disseminating written nutrition information in
    
connection with the marketing and distribution of those products, or discussing the use of those products, both individually and as components of nutritional programs, including explanations of their federally regulated label claims, any known drug-nutrient interactions, their role in various diets, or suggestions as how to best use and combine them.
    (g) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by an educator who is in the employ of a nonprofit organization; a federal, state, county, or municipal agency, or other political subdivision; an elementary or secondary school; or a regionally accredited institution of higher education, as long as the activities and services of the educator are part of his or her employment.
    (h) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by any person who provides weight control services, provided the nutrition program has been reviewed by, consultation is available from, and no program change can be initiated without prior approval by an individual licensed under this Act, an individual licensed to practice dietetics or nutrition services in another state that has licensure requirements considered by the Department to be at least as stringent as the requirements for licensure under this Act, or a registered dietitian.
    (i) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by any person with a masters or doctorate degree with a major in nutrition or equivalent from a regionally accredited school recognized by the Department for the purpose of education and research.
    (j) A person from providing general nutrition information or encouragement of general healthy eating choices that does not include the development of a customized nutrition regimen for a particular client or individual, or from providing encouragement for compliance with a customized nutrition plan prepared by a licensed dietitian nutritionist or any other licensed professional whose scope of practice includes nutrition assessment and counseling.
    (k) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by a graduate of a 2 year associate program or a 4 year baccalaureate program from a school or program accredited at the time of graduation by the appropriate accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education with a major in human nutrition, food and nutrition or its equivalent, as authorized by the Department, who is directly supervised by an individual licensed under this Act.
    (l) Providing nutrition information as an employee of a nursing facility operated exclusively by and for those relying upon spiritual means through prayer alone for healing in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination.
    (m) A dietary technical support person working in a hospital setting or a regulated Department of Public Health or Department on Aging facility or program who has been trained and is supervised while engaged in the practice of dietetics by a licensed dietitian nutritionist in accordance with this Act and whose services are retained by that facility or program on a full-time or regular, ongoing consultant basis.
    The provisions of this Act shall not be construed to prohibit or limit any person from the free dissemination of information, from conducting a class or seminar, or from giving a speech related to nutrition if that person does not hold himself or herself out as a licensed dietitian nutritionist in a manner prohibited by Section 15.
(Source: P.A. 97-1141, eff. 12-28-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-945)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 20. Exemptions. This Act does not prohibit or restrict:
    (a) Any person licensed in this State under any other Act from engaging in the practice for which he or she is licensed as long as the person does not hold oneself out as qualified, able, or licensed to provide medical nutrition therapy or use a title in connection with the person's name whose use is restricted to individuals licensed under this Act, as specified in Section 80.
    (b) Any person from providing medical nutrition therapy if that person is employed by the United States or State government or any of its bureaus, divisions, departments, or agencies while in the discharge of the employee's official duties.
    (c) The distribution of general nonmedical nutrition information by a person employed as a cooperative extension home economist, to the extent the activities are part of his or her employment.
    (d) The provision of medical nutrition therapy by a person pursuing a course of study leading to a degree in dietetics, nutrition, or an equivalent major from a United States regionally accredited school or program, but only if all of the following apply if: (i) the activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study; (ii) the person does not engage in the independent private practice of medical nutrition therapy; (iii) the person is appropriately supervised by a qualified supervisor who agrees to assume full professional responsibility for the work of the individual by verifying, directing, and authorizing the work; and (iv) and the person is designated by a title that clearly indicates the person's status as a student, trainee, or supervisee.
    (e) (Blank).
    (e-5) The activities and services of an individual seeking to fulfill post-degree supervised practice experience requirements in order to qualify for licensing as a licensed dietitian nutritionist under this Act, so long as the individual is not engaged in the independent private practice of medical nutrition therapy and is in compliance with all applicable regulations regarding supervision, including, but not limited to, the requirement that the supervised practice experience must be under the order, control, and full professional responsibility of the individual's supervisor and the individual is designated by a title that clearly indicates the person's status as a student, trainee, or supervisee. The Department may, by rule, adopt further limitations on individuals practicing under this subsection.
    (f) A person, including a licensed acupuncturist, from:
        (1) providing verbal nutrition information as an
    
operator or employee of a health food store or business that sells health products, including dietary supplements, food, herbs, or food materials; or
        (2) disseminating written general nonmedical
    
nutrition information in connection with the marketing and distribution of those products, or discussing the use of those products, both individually and as components of nutritional programs, including explanations of their federally regulated label claims, any known drug-nutrient interactions, their role in various nonindividualized diets, or suggestions as how to best use and combine them.
    (g) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services by an educator who is in the employ of a nonprofit organization; a federal, state, county, or municipal agency, or other political subdivision; an elementary or secondary school; or a regionally accredited institution of higher education, as long as the activities and services of the educator are part of his or her employment.
    (h) (Blank).
    (h-5) An individual providing medical weight control services for individuals with prediabetes or obesity if:
        (1) under a program of instruction approved in
    
writing by, consultation is available from, and no program change can be initiated without prior approval by one of the following: a dietitian nutritionist licensed in this State; or a State-licensed health care professional lawfully practicing within the scope of a license granted by the State to provide the scope of the individual's licensed profession and consistent with accepted professional standards for providing nutrition care services to treat or manage the disease or medical condition for which medical weight control is being provided; or
        (2) as part of a plan of care overseen and delegated
    
by a State-licensed health care professional lawfully practicing within the scope of a license granted by the State to provide acting within the scope of the individual's licensed profession and consistent with accepted professional standards for providing nutrition care services to treat or manage the disease or medical condition for which medical weight control is being provided.
    (i) The practice of dietetics and nutrition services for the limited purpose of education and research by any person with a masters or doctorate degree with a major in nutrition or equivalent from a regionally accredited school recognized by the Department.
    (j) A person from providing general nonmedical nutrition information, nutrition recommendations for prevention and wellness, health coaching, holistic and wellness education, guidance, motivation, behavior change management, nonmedical weight control, or other nutrition care services provided that any such services do not constitute medical nutrition therapy and as long as the person does not hold oneself out as qualified, able, or licensed to provide medical nutrition therapy or use a title in connection with the individual's name whose use is restricted to individuals licensed under this Act, as specified in Section 80.
    (k) The provision of nutrition care services by a nutrition and dietetic technician or a graduate of a 2 year associate program or a 4 year baccalaureate program from a school or program accredited at the time of graduation by the appropriate accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education with a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition or its equivalent, as authorized by the Department, who is directly supervised by an individual licensed under this Act.
    (l) Providing nutrition information as an employee of a nursing facility operated exclusively by and for those relying upon spiritual means through prayer alone for healing in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination.
    (m) A dietary technical support person working in a hospital setting or a regulated Department of Public Health, Department of Human Services, or Department on Aging facility or program who has been trained and is supervised while engaged in the practice of dietetics and nutrition by a licensed dietitian nutritionist in accordance with this Act and whose services are retained by that facility or program on a full-time or regular, ongoing consultant basis.
    (n) The provision of nutrition care services without remuneration to family members.
    (o) The practice of dietetics and nutrition for a period not exceeding 6 months by a person who is in the State on a temporary basis to assist in a case of public health emergency and who meets the qualifications for a licensed dietitian nutritionist as set forth in Section 45 and is licensed in another state as a provider of medical nutrition therapy.
    The provisions of this Act shall not be construed to prohibit or limit any person from the free dissemination of information, from conducting a class or seminar, or from giving a speech related to nutrition if that person does not hold himself or herself out as a licensed dietitian nutritionist in a manner prohibited by Section 15.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to permit a student, trainee, or supervisee to offer the student's, trainee's, or supervisee's services as a dietitian or nutritionist to any other person, other than as specifically excepted in this Section, unless the student, trainee, or supervisee is licensed under this Act.
    The provisions of this Act shall not be construed to prohibit or limit any physician licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 from practicing or delegating nutrition-related therapies and procedures by consultation, by organization policy, or by contract to an appropriately trained, qualified, and supervised individual licensed under this Act.
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the ability of any other licensed health care professional in this State to order therapeutic diets if the ordering of therapeutic diets falls within the scope of the licensee's license.
(Source: P.A. 102-945, eff. 1-1-23.)