Education & Life Long Learning Committee

This EFAD standing committee was established following the end of the DIETS2 project. The group is comprised of education experts from a number of countries, who volunteer their time to advance the quality of dietetics education and provision of life long learning opportunities.


The MISSION of ELLLC is to ensure that under- and post-graduate education of dietitians is of the highest standard and to enhance the individual dietitian’s practice through education and continuous professional development (CPD). This is achieved through supporting students, dietitians, EFAD National Dietetic Associations (NDAs) and the higher education institutions (HEIs). Broader key benefits include ensuring the safety and welfare of dietetic service users,building societal trust in the dietetic profession and maintaining the integrity of the profession. This is achieved through partnership working (with NDAs, HEIs and the two other EFAD committees; Research and Evidence-Based Practice Committee (REBPC) and the Professional Practice Committee (PPC), and the European Specialist Dietetic Networks (ESDN), to define and share best practices in the areas of education and LLL.



The VISION of ELLLC is to support EFAD in achieving the highest quality of education and learning for the dietetic workforce in Europe.



To embed Lifelong Learning in dietetic practice

    1. 1. Propose and implement strategies to embed Lifelong Learning (LLL) and dietetic competences for European Dietetics which supports the strategies of Member Associations
    1. 2. Using best practice of member Associations and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) advise on mechanisms for embedding Lifelong Learning for dietitians working and studying within Europe
    1. 3. Liaise as appropriate with other European professional groups and monitor the developments in education and LLL of other health professionals
    1. 4. Make recommendations to the EC on recognition of European Specialist Dietetic Networks


Committee structure

The Committee meet online approximately every 6 weeks to discuss how activities link to the EFAD Strategic Plan.
Current committee members include:

Who we are

Fiona McCullough Committee chair

Associate Professor in Dietetics

University of Nottingham, UK

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Inge Audenaerde Committee member


Nutrition and Dietetics programme, the Hague University of Applied Sciences

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Ángela García González Committee member

Lecturer in Nutrition

San Pablo-CEU University, Madrid, Spain

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Bárbara Beleza Pereira Committee members

Invited Assistant Professor and Academic Services Coordinator

Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal

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Dr. Anne Griffin Committee member

Course Director of the M.Sc. Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme at the University of Limerick

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Uta Köpcke Committee member

President of German Association of Dietitians

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Maria Toumpi Committee member

Registered dietitian

member of the Union of Dietitians – Nutritionists of Greece

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Laura Soler Farre Committee member
Sofie Joossens Committee member

Lecturer at the UC Leuven-Limburg (BE), professional bachelor in Nutrition & Dietetics (an Education Associate member of EFAD).

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Ingrid Aerts Committee member
Anastasia Markaki Committee member

Tasks and Priorities


  • To support the Executive Committee in developing policies related to education and LLL for example by performing scoping and mapping activities such as surveys on educational practices Europe wide.
  • To support EFAD members in facilitating communication on issues related to intrinsic strategies for continuous professional development by disseminating new initiatives, providing tools, and best practice descriptions.
  • To liaise with other Committees of EFAD to ensure a seamless and transparent approach to effective use of resources and implementation of initiatives.
  • To continue to make HEI’s aware of and test the usability of outputs from the DIETS projects.
  • Monitor pertinent European directives and developments of other professions (in collaboration with other committees of EFAD) and how these can inform the work of the NDAs, HEIs and EFAD.


  • To disseminate and support increased utilization of outputs from the DIETS projects, e.g. the European Dietetic Advanced Competences (EDAC) for CPD and LLL
  • Support continuous professional development (CPD) and monitoring the development in Europe with regard to registration and CPD-requirements together with the PPC
  • Investigate the feasibility of certifying/endorsing LLL courses
  • Develop networking, information provision and use of appropriate media to support dietitians in their continuous professional development.

History of the ELLLC

Education and Lifelong Learning Committee (ELLLC) started in 2010 during the EU-Project DIETS2.

Since the establishment of EFAD in 1978 many initiatives have taken place to support the development of dietetic professional practice in Europe. EFAD has developed standards for the education, training and practice of dietitians in Europe (adopted in 2005 and updated in 2018) and European standards for practice placement requirements (adopted in 2010 and updated in 2022), a European standard for advanced dietetic competences (adopted in 2012), Pedagogical standards for practice placement teachers (adopted in 2013) and a Lifelong learning (LLL) strategy (adopted in 2013).

These initiatives have provided a solid basis on which to keep on building and developing. We are grateful to the individuals that contributed to them, but the job is not yet finished. Changes within EFAD, including the cessation of the Thematic Networks for Improving Education and Training Standards for Dietitians in Europe (DIETS1 and 2), and the inclusion of higher education institutions (HEIs) as Education Associate Members, provide new opportunities to support national dietetic associations (NDAs).

The ELLLC was developed to continue the work started and to provide help to HEIs and NDAs to implement results from DIETS1 and 2. Recent work has included the development of frameworks and criteria for registration, training and LLL, which includes continuous professional development (CPD) for the dietetic workforce.

We also seek to support HEIs in establishing effective models of pedagogical practice within Europe.

Education documents

Categories: Statements

Mission, vision and priority statements for the EFAD Education and Lifelong Learning Committee

Last Modified: January 2014
Categories: Standard

EFAD Academic Standards

Last Modified: June 2018
Tags: Education, ELLC, LLL
Categories: Standard

EFAD Practical Placements Standards - ELLLC revision 2022

Last Modified: October 2022
Tags: ELLLC, practical placements, Standards
Categories: Statements

Dietitians in Europe Definition, Profession and Education

Last Modified: July 2016
Categories: Reports, Standard

European Dietetic Advanced Competencies

Last Modified: July 2012
Tags: DIETS2, Education, ELLC, LLL
Categories: Papers, Standard

Revised Dietetic Competence and the six domains of dietetic competency in Europe

Last Modified: July 2016
Tags: Education, ELLC, LLL