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Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board


Effective 9-17-23, Pam Tanner joined the ADLB as director and full-time staff member.  Please direct all communication regarding licensing, verification of licenses, or other requests to Pam: We are pleased to have Pam join our team and look forward to further opportunities to streamline our processes utilizing Pam’s expertise.

Announcement:  Under the authority vested in the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health by Act 114 of 2023, the Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board will be reducing certain fees effective 7/1/23:

The fee reduction will be in effect beginning 7/1/23 and ending 6/30/24. These regulatory fees and charges have been reduced in light of the fund balance accumulated by the board and the reduction may or may not apply in future years.

Announcement: Legislative update: HB 1108 contained revisions to two ArDLB statutes. 

 The first revision changed the number of members required to call a special meeting from three (3) members to two (2) members and changed the number of members required for a quorum from four (4) members to three (3) members. These changes were needed as the makeup of the Board was changed by Act 540 of 2017, reducing the number of Board members from seven (7) to five (5).

The second revision added the option of emailing renewal notices to licensees.

Both revisions have passed and await Governor Sanders' signature. We anticipate the revisions will become effective around September 1, 2023. 

The purpose of the Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board (ADLB) is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. This is accomplished by providing for the licensing and regulation of persons engaged in the practice of dietetics as established by the Dietetics Practice Act in l989.

The Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board members appointed by the Governor meet regularly to process new and renewal licensure applications. The state of Arkansas currently licenses over 793 dietitians in the state.


Continuing Education

The law that established licensure for dietitians in Arkansas also specified that for renewal of that license, every licensed dietitian would yearly complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education(CE). The CE would be approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration or its designee. These Continuing Education Guidelines provide additional information regarding this process.

Board Members

The Board is comprised of five (5) persons, all of whom are Arkansas Residents, with the following qualifications: three (3) Board members are Licensed Dietitians; two (2) Board members are representatives of the public at large. The members of the Board are appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, and serve staggered terms of five (5) years each beginning January 15 of odd-numbered years. The dietetic professional members are selected from a list of ten (10) names submitted to the Governor by the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. Each of these Licensed Dietitian Board members has been practicing dietitians for at least five (5) years preceding their appointment.

Functions of the Board

Duties of the Board include the licensure and regulation of individuals qualified to engage in the practice of dietetics and other nutrition care services.

At least two (2) regular meetings of the Board are held each calendar year, and at the first regular meeting every two (2) years, the Board elects a chairperson and vice-chairperson. Special called meetings may be held at the discretion of the chairperson or at the written request of any three (3) members of the Board. All regular meetings of the Board are open to the public. Reasonable notice of all meetings are given in the manner prescribed by the laws of this State.

A quorum of the Board consists of three (3) members. A secretary of the Board is elected by the Board and holds office at the pleasure of the Board.

Board Meetings



License Verification



Office Address Phone
Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board 5800 W 10th St.
Suite 103
Little Rock, AR 72204

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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