Standards are benchmarks representing a range of performance of competent care that should be provided to assure safe and efficacious nutrition care. Standards are documents that define the structure needed to provide competent care. They usually address professional responsibilities as they relate to patient assessment, education, care plan development, implementation, clinical monitoring, evaluation, and professional issues. ASPEN publishes discipline-based (e.g., dietitian, nurse, pharmacist, or physician) and practice-based (e.g., adult hospitalized patients, pediatric hospitalized patients, home care, long-term care) standards. Standards are presented in the most generic terms possible. The details of specific tests, therapies, and protocols are left to the discretion of individual healthcare facilities. Each healthcare facility shall strive to provide the best nutrition support care that is possible given the resources of the organization. The standards aim to assure sound and efficient nutrition care for those in need of nutrition support therapy.

  1. 2021 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: Revised 2021 standards of practice and standards of professional performance for registered dietitian nutritionists (competent, proficient, and expert) in nutrition support
  2. 2018 Standards for Nutrition Support: Adult Hospitalized PatientsNutrition in Clinical Practice, 33: 906-920. 
  3. 2016 Standards of Nutrition Care Practice and Professional Performance for Nutrition Support and Generalist Nurses
  4. 2015 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Standards of Practice for Nutrition Support Pharmacists
  5. [Please refer to newer 2021 Standards above] 2014 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Revised 2014 Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Nutrition Support
  6. 2014 Standards for Nutrition Support: Home and Alternate Site Care
  7. 2013 Standards for Nutrition Support: Pediatric Hospitalized Patients
  8. 2012 Standards of Practice for Nutrition Support Physicians
  9. [Please refer to newer 2018 Standards above] 2010 Adult Hospitalized Patient Standards
  10. 2007 Nutrition Support Nurse Standards