At the General Meeting of EFAD, held in Roskilde, Denmark, September 2003, delegates participated in a workshop “Towards European Standards in Dietetic Education”, coordinated by Professor Anne de Looy, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, UK and published the Roskilde Resolution.
Background information for the Roskilde Resolution:
- In the United Kingdom, “Benchmark Statements” have recently been set, as part of a Quality Assurance Agenda for all qualifying courses for Dietitians and other Allied Health Professionals. These Benchmark Statements now guide all programmes taught in Universities. www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/benchmark/nhsbenchmark/benchmarking.htm)
- The UK Health Professions Council has published Standards for Proficiency for dietitians. These are designed to determine the minimum competencies dietitians are required to achieve before coming on to the UK register. www.hpc-uk.org/education/docs/hpc_sop.xis
- The Bologna Declaration of 19 June 1999
At the 2007 General Meeting of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians, held in Taormina, Italy, delegates from the 20 member associations present agreed that a new resolution, building on the aims already established by the Roskilde Resolution, was needed.
The resulting Taormina Resolution aimed:
- To set a benchmark for teachers of dietetics and quality indicators for practice education
- To define European Dietetic Competencies and prioritise Life Long Learning
- To agree a common language by defining technical terms
The DIETS Thematic Network 1 and 2 worked towards meeting the aims of the Taormina Resolution.