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Call for nominations for Committee Members

EFAD European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) for Primary Care


EFAD has already established ESDNs for the specialist areas of obesity, older adult, food service, diabetes, public health and oncology.

EFAD is now seeking to establish an ESDN to bring together specialist dietitians working in the field on Primary Care.  Specifically a small steering group or committee of specialists will be appointed to formally take the work of the ESDN Primary Care forward.

With this in mind EFAD is now calling for nominations of specialist dietitians who wish to contribute to the work of the ESDN Primary Care committee.

Some of the advantages of committee membership will include:

  1. Increased knowledge of EU policy in field of primary care
  2. Recognition as an EFAD expert
  3. Possibility of representing EFAD or ESDN as an expert
  4. Access to a network of specialists


Committee members will not be reimbursed for their work, but any previously approved expenses incurred on behalf of EFAD will be reimbursed.

As members of an EFAD committee the "terms of reference for standing committees" outlined in the governance document (see appendix 1) apply. In addition there are specific terms of reference for committee members of each ESDN.

Terms of Reference for ESDN Committee members

Purpose:To promote the role of the dietitian in the specialist field

  1. To develop and update position papers and briefing papers on the role of the dietitian in the specialist field
  2. To develop advanced competence statements for dietitians working in the specialist field
  3. To liaise as appropriate with other European professional groups and monitor the developments in education and LLL of other health professionals in the specialist field
  4. To liaise with other EFAD committees to develop the specialty in Education, Research and Professional Practice.
  5. To develop research proposals (research questions, design, and methodology) in order to promote the participation of dietitians in EU and other research projects.

Membership of the ESDN Committee will be for 4 years. The committee will meet virtually approximately every 4-6 weeks. In 2015 the ESDN Committee will establish future work plans to ensure the terms of reference are met.


ESDN Committee Deliverables



Meeting minutes reporting progress

4-6 weekly



Establish work plans and deliverables for 2016 and beyond

Oct 15


Annual report for GMMA

Sep 16


Prepare and deliver a workshop at the annual conference (not in 2015 or 2016)

Oct 17


Position paper/ Briefing paper/ Competence statements as applicable

To be confirmed




Selection Criteria

-       Have a qualification in dietetics

-       Have at least 5 years of experience (practical and/or research) in the specialist field. An advanced practitioner/specialist may also be considered an expert

-       Be able to demonstrate advanced competence in the specialist field (see EDAC[1] for definitions and competences)

-       Be supported by two referees to provide further evidence of expertise

-       Willingness to actively contribute to the work of the ESDN Committee

-       Membership of an EFAD member organisation (or a Higher Education Institute eligible* for, and planning to apply for, EFAD Education Associate Membership when possible)

(Note: if the supporting HEI does not join EFAD the candidate will be asked to resign their position)

Selection process

-       The Executive Committee will decide which of their members will be involved in the selection panel.

-       After the deadline for nominations has passed all nominations and supporting

documentation will be forwarded to the selection panel.

-       Their decisions will be forwarded to the Executive Committee for approval.

-       The decision of the Executive Committee is final, and discussion with candidates or nominating organisations will not be entered into.

-       All candidates will be informed of the decision of the Executive Committee by email.

Nomination procedure

Nominations must be accompanied by:

-       Curriculum Vitae

-       Letter of motivation

-       Letter of recommendation from an EFAD member National Dietetic Association or Higher

Education Institute (HEI).  Should an HEI's nominee be selected, that HEI will be expected to apply for "Education Associate Membership" of EFAD

-       Two references providing evidence of expertise


Deadline for nominations - 30 August 2015

Please send your nomination, with all accompanying documents to:


Judith Liddell

EFAD Secretary General



*"Education Associate membership" is open to all Higher Education Institutions in Europe that are:

  • recognized by the NDA member(s) of EFAD in their country (where these exist)
    • teaching dietitians that are recognised by the National Legal Authority 
    • teaching (or working towards teaching) dietetics at the level described in the following standards at point of qualification:

☐      European Academic and Practitioner Standards for dietitians

☐      European Practice Placement Standards for Dietetics

☐      European Dietetic Competences and their Performance Indicators

☐      European Pedagogic Standards for Dietetic Practice Placement Teachers


(all above standards are available at http://www.efad.org/everyone/2417/5/0/32 )

[1] http://www.efad.org/everyone/3804/5/0/32


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