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March 24, 2020

COVID-19 | Life Sciences & Healthcare - CFN: non-face-to-face assistance

Life Sciences & Healthcare - updated on Mar 24 at 04:31 pm

AMIDST THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, CFN AUTHORIZES NUTRITIONIST-PATIENT REMOTE CONSULTATION

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Council of Nutrition (CFN), through the Resolution CFN No. 646/2020, allowed nutritionist-patient remote consultation.

The Resolution suspends until August 31, 2020 the effectiveness of section 36 of the Nutritionist Code of Ethics (Resolution CFN No. 599/2018), which provides that "it is the duty of the nutritionist to provide nutritional assessments and diagnosis for individuals under his professional responsibility by means of face-to-face consultations only".

Although the standard does not provide information on how remote care should be provided, CFN prepared a booklet (click here – available only in Portuguese) with good practices recommendations during the pandemic.

Among the measures listed are: (i) the need to inform the patient about the possibilities, limitations and risks of distance care; and (ii) the obligation to keep a medical record.

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