Research Nutrition has an obligation to adhere to national regulatory requirements for the distribution of specialised healthcare products. The following conditions must be met in order to obtain and maintain a ‘Practising Health Practitioner’ account and have access to ‘practitioner-only’ products and services, as well as any materials pertaining to them (such as technical manuals, product information, access to training seminars etc.).
a) Products and testing services must be prescribed to patients by a fully qualified and practising health practitioner in the context of a private consultation.
b) To be recognised as a Qualified Healthcare Practitioner, completion of ‘tertiary equivalent’ education in an ‘ingestible’ clinical modality, that includes training in clinical nutrition, from a recognised educational institution must be evidenced.
c) To comply with the definition of a Practising Health Practitioner, evidence of current membership with an appropriate Australian health professional association must be provided. This must take the form of a CURRENT association membership certificate or TGA exemption certificate.
d) Appropriate associations include those that govern registered health professionals and/or natural health professionals with clinical qualifications in the field of nutrition (For a list of Approved Australian Bodies see Schedule 1 of the Therapeutic Good Regulations 1990 at health.gov.au)
e) Under no circumstances should Research Nutrition’s practitioner-only product range be visibly stored or displayed in a retail setting (inclusive of online sales).
f) Research Nutrition reserves the right to remove products and refuse future sale when stored or sold inappropriately.
g) Qualifications must be approved by Research Nutrition to qualify as a health practitioner.