The formation of FNTP
In 2001 two of the seven associations representing Nutrition Therapists joined together to form a new organisation called the Nutritional Therapy Council. In 2005 this new organisation removed professional association governance. Whilst participating in the failed Federal Working Group project the organisation declared itself to be the voluntary self-regulator of the Nutritional Therapy profession. In reality they enjoyed the support of only a small yet vocal section of the profession.
The self-styled regulator was simply ignored by most practitioners, whilst some struggled to engage with an increasingly cumbersome and expensive registration process. With the majority of schools and therapists outside the NTC the group posed little threat to the professional reputations and livelihoods of most Nutritional Therapists. In October 2008 this changed.
NTC approached the Health Professions Council with a view to instigating Statutory Regulation for Practitioners of Nutritional Therapy. A successful application will render as a criminal act the practice of Nutritional Therapy by anyone not meeting the criteria as determine by NTC. This is of course completely unacceptable.
The Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners is a non-profit federation adminstered by a Steering Group and governed by its membership. It acts for its membership in discussion with legitimate regulators, government departments, and lead bodies. It communicates with the orthodox medical profession and all other appropriate agencies and organisations in the development of standards of Education, Training and Practice acceptable to a the esteemed profession of Nutritional Therapy.