ACCREDITATION & LICENSING OF TRAINING INSTITUTIONS
Core functions of Accreditation Committee
• The Accreditation Committee generally have regard to the conduct of examinations and in particular:
• Prepare syllabuses of instruction and training courses for persons seeking registration under the Act;
• Prepare and conduct examinations for persons seeking registration under the Act;
• Charge the appropriate examination fees in consultation with the Council of the Institute;
• Prepare regulations to be made by the Institute regarding the standard of proficiency to be gained in each examination for
a diploma, degree or other award;
• To carry out the indexing of students enrolled in various institutions and monitor their progression
• Ensure members are retained on the basis of CPD points award from a recognized accredited institution.
• Perform any other function as interpreted from the law and approved by the Council.
Training Institution Accreditation
Institution shall be inspected based on Eleven KNDI standards as indicated in the Training Standards Checklist. KNDI gives the option of two level recognition. These are:
a) Interim License Requirements
This is given to all institutions which began training in nutrition and dietetics before KNDI came into being. The purpose was to legalize the training process. It is also given to any institution that make an official request to be given time to comply with the standards. Usually, it shall be for one calendar year after which an institution shall be required to invite the KNDI Council for final licensing inspection.
All Institutions training or intending to train in nutrition and dietetics will be required to seek authority to conduct business from KNDI. To facilitate the process, KNDI has developed core curricula guidelines for the training at various levels of service providers: Certificate, Diploma and Degree, as the minimum requirement for professional membership and a pre-requisite for accreditation of Training Institutions. The curricula guidelines will only be provided to Institutions that have an Interim License, to facilitate completion of their application process for full License.
Conditions for Interim License are: -
a) A copy of the existing curriculum (where applicable)
b) Fees payable to KNDI by all currently training/intending to start training institution effective 2012 as follows: -
i. Certificate level - Ksh. 250,000
ii. Diploma level - Ksh. 250,000
iii. Degree level - Ksh. 250,000
Please note, these conditions apply to each and every Institution offering the programs. The new colleges or University polytechnics that are training in these areas will be considered as Institutions, separate from the mother Institutions, and are therefore required to meet all conditions specified for licensing purposes. Inspections for compliance will be per Institution. KNDI is requesting all current training institutions and those proposing to start training to apply for the Interim License, by completing the herewith attached form immediately.
b. Full license requirements
i. Full license will be awarded upon satisfactory report of the full inspection exercise based on the stipulated eleven (11) standards.
ii. In accordance with the Kenya Nutritionists and Dietetics (KNDI) procedure, the institution shall apply in writing to KNDI, stating date and time for the proposed inspection exercise. Accompanying the application is the full inspection fee. (Schedule below)
iii. License is geo-specific, as accreditation honours the independent status in all details considered in the effective delivery of the core curriculum, for example: infrastructure, space, the standard curriculum and human resource.
iv. The fees payable will vary from institution to institution as per different applications.
Level of training
Full license fee
• These fees shall be applied geo-specific
• Renewal fees and full inspection for re-licensing of institutions shall be conducted after 4-year period and shall attract the same rates.
• Inspection demand shall attract an amount associated with the cost of inspection. KNDI shall invoice such institutions.
• The license may be withdrawn at any time in case of non-conformity as defined by the KNDI Act NO.18 of 2007 or in the subsequent clause of the KNDI Regulations.
• The license shall be conspicuously displayed in the relevant management space of the institution.
C. Full Inspection Procedures
1. The Institution operating under an Interim License applies for a full License.
2. KNDI Accreditation Committee assembles the Inspection Team.
3. KNDI dispatches/mobilizes the Inspection Team and arranges an appropriate inspection date after the institution has applied.
4. The Committee trains the Inspection Team.
5. The Committee ensures that the Inspection Team members take an oath.
6. The Inspection Team visits the Institution that has applied for a full License. The first stop is the Institution’s CEO’s office. Expected members from the Institution will also be present. They include: -
• Vice Chancellor/Principal
• Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)/Registrar
• Dean of faculty
• Dean of students (Diploma and Certificate)
• Chair of Food Nutrition and Dietetics Department
• Other relevant staff members from Food Nutrition and Dietetics Department
7. KNDI expects to be well received by the CEOS’s of the Institutions for introductions in the following order: - Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (AA), Deans of faculty/students and Chair of Department of Food Nutrition and Dietetics. Necessary introductions about KNDI will also be made to the members of the Institution.
8. The Head of Nutrition and Dietetics department will remain with the Inspection Team for the rest of the day. The agenda for KNDI is to review recommendations made during the preliminary inspection to confirm the Institution’s progress towards compliance with KNDI.
9. After inspection of the facilities, KNDI Inspection Team and members of the Institution during the inspection will have a brief meeting so that the Inspection Team can highlight the findings of the inspection. The final hardcopy of the report will be written and communicated within two weeks.
10. If the desired level of compliance has been achieved, the full License will be awarded to the institution.
Conditions for compliance
11. The Institution will continue to comply as recommended by KNDI. Failure to which the License certificate will be withdrawn.
The team will have a trans-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and expertise in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science. Therefore, membership at any given time shall include the following;
1. An expert in Dietetics
2. An expert in Community Nutrition
3. An expert in Food Science and Nutrition
4. Chairperson of the Council/Representation
5. Chairperson of Accreditation Board/Representation
6. A representative from CUE
7. Council representative
8. CEO/Head Secretariat
9. NEC Representative (Diploma and Certificate Programmes)
10. KICD Representative (Diploma and Certificate Programmes)
Role of The Inspection Team
1. Collect information and make objective judgment in relation to KNDI standards.
2. To finalize and agree on the final overall score for the Institution.
3. To develop and disseminate a comprehensive inspection report.
4. To do a follow up of Institutions that have already undergone a preliminary inspection.
5. Advising the Institution and KNDI where necessary.
Food Company Accreditation
a) The process of accreditation
Accreditation of food companies dealing on matters related to nutrition and dietetics shall be done at interim level through registration based on standard from for businesses and private practice. (Form)
The food companies shall be accredited based on the 14 minimum standards as per the scope of competency and SOPs for Accreditation (Checklist) upon invitation of KNDI team and meeting the costs of inspection. The standards shall broadly address following core areas:
i. Standards related to facilities and equipment
ii. Standards related to availability of references and resources
iii. Standards related to Utilities
iv. Standards related to raw material, ingredients and finished product storage
v. Standards relating to production of food
vi. Standard relating to packaging, labelling, and delivery of food products
vii. Standards relating to quality assurance activities
viii. Standards relating to quality control activities
ix. Standards relating to Quality Related Events (QREs)
x. Standards relating to Quality Improvement (QI) Activities
xi. Standard relating to Personnel on site
xii. Standards for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) document
xiii. Standard related to the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures
xiv. Standards relevant to Marketing, labelling and nutritional claims
b. Cost of Full Accreditation of Companies
i. Non-refundable Application fee for practicing license of Kenya Shillings Ten Thousands (10,000/=) only.
ii. Practicing fee is Kenya Shillings Twenty thousand only (20,000/-) annually
iii. Annual Inspection and renewal fee of Kenya shillings fifteen thousands (15,000/-) only
iv. Please take note of the following:
a. Companies dealing in food products/supplements with nutrition claims are required to declare all products by name. Additional charges shall be determined based on each product and an invoice generated for each company.
b. Such companies in (a) shall be required to send samples
c. Such companies in (a) shall meet the cost of inspection of business premises before a full license is awarded.
d. VERY IMPORTANT: - No company on interim license dealing in food products or supplements with health risk shall be allowed to trade on those products using interim license without an approval letter from the institute upon recommendation of quality assurance technical team. Such companies will take all the legal risks in relation to their practice.
Please go to downloads page to access interim license form
To access a Listing of all Training Institutions accredited and recognized by Kenya Nutritionists & Dieticians Institute and their license categories view this link.