The 9th Parliament, after 3 years of debate enacted the Nutritionists and Dieticians law in october 2007. The bill has been authored and sponsored by Hon. Julia Ojiambo - then a NARC nominated Member of Parliament on Parliamentary approval - the act was assented into law by the former President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki on the 22nd October 2007, thus making Kenya the first country in the region of Africa to enact such an important law in the field of Nutrition & Dietetics. Subsequently, the then Minister for Medical Services - Hon. Prof. Anyang Nyong'o - gazetted the act on 30th October 2008.
The first annual general meeting that provided the forum for the election of the first Chairperson and an eligle KNDI full council was held on 3rd October 2009 under the supervision of the then Electoral Commission of Kenya. The elected council members were gazetted by the then Minister for Public Health - Hon. Beth Mugo - in the Kenya gazette Vol CXII - No. 15 on 19th February 2010. Subsequently the council was commissioned on 20th April 2010 by Hon. Beth Mugo.
MANDATE OF THE COUNCIL
1. To provide for training, registration and licensing of Nutritionists and Dieticians.
2. To provide for the regulations of the standards and practice of the profession.
3. To ensure effective participation in matters relating to nutrition and dietetics and for connected purposes
OBJECTIVES OF THE COUNCIL
1. Determine and set a framework for the professional practice of Nutritionists and Dieticians.
2. Set and enforce standards of professional practice and ethics of Nutrition and Dietetics.
3. Enforce a programme of quality assurance for the Nutrition and Dietetics profession.
4. Approve institutions for the purpose of training persons seeking registration under the Act.
5. Research into and provide public education on Nutrition and Dietetics.
6. Maintain the competence of members by updating their knowledge through publications and the conduct of continuing professional education.
7. Provide training for Nutritionists and Dieticians.
8. Design programs and methods for sensitization on suitable dietary and nutritional habits.
9. Perform other functions as may be necessary for the proper administration of the Act.