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Kim, Lee, Park, Lee, Oh, and Lee: Development of an accreditation system for dietary and nutrition related education resources



The purpose of this study was to establish accreditation systems of reliable educational materials for nutrition and dietary life which could be used in schools, workplace, and health promotion.


The study was conducted from April 2011 to October 2011. Literature reviews, institutional visits, and telephone interviews were conducted. Expert meetings and advisory councils were held in order to receive feedback on development of the accreditation systems. A survey was conducted for the accreditation procedures on 143 professionals, including professors, researchers, health and medical experts, teachers, nutrition teachers, dietitians, and clinical nutritionists.


The final procedure of the developed accreditation system was finalized as follows: 1) receiving application twice per year 2) complete desk review (written evaluation) by three reviewers within two months, 3) board review (all board members) and decision, and 4) no-tification of results. The accreditation system is set for printed materials, web-site, and materials for activities. The certificate and accreditation mark is issued to the final certified educational materials. Expiration date is established only for the web-site form. The accreditation length lasts for two years, and can be extended by renewal application.


The dietary and nutrition related materials, which are certificated by this accreditation system, could impart reliable information and knowledge to both learners and educators, and help them in effective selection of educational materials. Therefore, this accreditation system might be expected to increase satisfaction for teaching and learning about nutrition and healthy dietary life.

Figures and Tables

Fig. 1
Research procedures for establishing accreditation system of dietary and nutrition related education materials.
Fig. 2
Accreditation evaluation criteria. A: Printed material for books. B: Printed material for leaflets. C: Web-sites. D: Materials for activities.
Fig. 3
Sample of detailed instructions of accreditation.
Fig. 4
Certificates for good educational materials. A: Certificate for printed material. B: Certificate for web-site. C: Materials for activities.
Fig. 5
The related tasks of committees in the procedure of accreditation.
Table 1
Analysis of accreditation systems in other operating agencies
Table 2
Experts' opinions of the scope of accreditation, the valid period of accreditation, and accreditation evaluation fees
Table 3
The final form of accreditation system of dietary and nutrition related education materials


This research was supported by a grant from Korean Health Promotion Foundation in 2011.


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