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CDM, CFPP Credential & Code of Ethics

A Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®, CFPP®) has the education, training, and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager and has proven this by passing a nationally-recognized credentialing exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status.

CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing foodservice operations. They are trained and qualified to administrate menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more.

A CDM, CFPP has achieved defined competencies in 10 key areas:
  • Gathering Nutrition Data
  • Applying Nutrition Data
  • Providing Food Services
  • Providing Nutrition Education
  • Hiring and Supervising employees
  • Developing  Personnel and Communications
  • Professional Interaction
  • Managing Supplies, Equipment Use, Sanitation, and Safety
  • Managing Food Production
  • Managing Business Operations

The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers® (CBDM®) is responsible for the certification program, and the actual exam is conducted by a nationally recognized professional testing firm. The certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Code of Ethics

Section 1

The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM) has a formal policy, the Code of Ethics for Certified Dietary Managers (CDM), and procedures which incorporate due process, for the discipline of certificants.  The Code of Ethics and procedures include the sanction of revocation of the certificate, for conduct which clearly indicates incompetence, unethical behavior and physical or mental impairment affecting the performance of the CDM.

Section 2

Code of Ethics for the Certified Dietary Manager

The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers believes it is in the best interests of the profession and the public it serves that a Code of Ethics provide guidance to Certified Dietary Managers in their professional practice and conduct. Certified Dietary Managers have voluntarily developed a Code of Ethics to reflect the ethical principles guiding the Certified Dietary Manager in their professional practice and conduct.

The purpose of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers is to assist in the effective management of foodservice operations, safety and welfare of the public by establishing and enforcing qualifications for dietary manager certification and for issuing voluntary credentials to individuals who have attained those qualifications. The CBDM has adopted this Code to apply to individuals who hold these credentials.

The Ethics Code applies in its entirety to certified members of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). The Code applies to all CDM, CFPPs regardless of their membership status in ANFP. All of the aforementioned are referred to in the Code as “Certified Dietary Managers.” All Certified Dietary Managers, by accepting and maintaining their CDM, CFPP credential, agree to abide by the Code.


  1. The Certified Dietary Manager provides professional services with objectivity and with respect for the unique needs and values of individuals.

  2. The Certified Dietary Manager avoids discrimination against other individuals on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin and complies with EEOC & ADA requirements and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

  3. The Certified Dietary Manager fulfills professional commitments in good faith.

  4. The Certified Dietary Manager conducts himself/herself with honesty, integrity and fairness.

  5. The Certified Dietary Manager remains free of conflict of interest and personal bias while fulfilling the objectives and maintaining the integrity of the Certified Dietary Manager profession.

  6. The Certified Dietary Manager practices foodservice management based on professional principles.

  7. The Certified Dietary Manager assumes responsibility and accountability for personal and professional competence in practice.

  8. The Certified Dietary Manager maintains confidentiality of information.

  9. The Certified Dietary Manager exercises professional judgment within the limits of his/her qualifications and seeks counsel or makes referrals as appropriate.

  10. The Certified Dietary Manager provides sufficient information to enable clients to make their own informed decisions.

  11. The Certified Dietary Manager promotes or endorses products in a manner that is neither false nor misleading.

  12. The Certified Dietary Manager permits use of his/her name for the purpose of certifying that food and nutrition have been rendered only if he/she has provided or supervised the provision of those services.

  13. The Certified Dietary Manager accurately presents professional qualifications and credentials.

    • The Certified Dietary Manager uses “CDM, CFPP” or Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional only when certification is current and authorized by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers.

    • The Certified Dietary Manager complies with all requirements of the Certifying Board’s certification program in which he/she is seeking initial or continued credentials from the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers.

    • The Certified Dietary Manager is subject to disciplinary action for aiding another person in violating any Certifying Board certification requirements or aiding another person in representing himself/herself as a Certified Dietary Manager when he/she is not.

  14. The Certified Dietary Manager presents substantiated information and interprets controversial information without personal bias, recognizing that legitimate differences of opinion exist.

  15. The Certified Dietary Manager provides objective evaluation of candidates for professional association memberships, awards, scholarships or job advancement.

  16. The Certified Dietary Manager voluntarily withdraws from the professional practice under the following circumstances:

    • The CDM has engaged in any substance abuse that could affect his/her practice.

    • The CDM has been adjudged by a court to be mentally incompetent.

    • The CDM has an emotional or mental disability that affects his/her practice in a manner that could harm the client.

  17. The Certified Dietary Manager complies with all applicable laws and regulations concerning the profession.

  18. The CDM is subject to disciplinary action under the following circumstances:

    • The CDM has been convicted of a crime under the local, state or federal laws, which is a felony or a misdemeanor, and which is related to the practice of the profession.

    • The CDM has been disciplined by a state chapter and at least one of the grounds for discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to these principles contained herein.

    • The CDM has committed an act of misfeasance or malfeasance which is directly related to the practice of the profession as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, a licensing board, or any agency or a governmental body.

  19. The Certified Dietary Manager accepts the obligation to protect society and the profession by upholding the Code of Ethics for the profession of Nutrition and Foodservice Management and by reporting alleged violations of the Code through the review process of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers.

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