NNNG Accreditation

Guidelines for NNNG Accreditation


These notes are intended as a guide to applying for NNNG accreditation for your course. These criteria set out those areas of study that the NNNG Accreditation committee see as necessary for inclusion in NNNG approved courses.
The fee must be received in full for all courses before the procedure for accreditation can begin. All fees are non-refundable.

It may be necessary for:

  1. Committee members to visit/contact your institution to discuss/observe the approved programme
  2. On occasion additional specialist input may be required for approval, this may add extra time to the process

Should the need for either of the above arise an additional cost may be incurred.

Quality Assurance

NNNG accreditation is not a substitute for validation. All University courses must be validated by a Higher Education Institution. You must also have approved mechanisms for ongoing quality assurance.

Criteria for Accreditation

The NNNG will accredit your course/module if the following criteria are met:

1. The quality assurance procedures stated above are met in full
2. The course contents meet the appropriate criteria in full (see checklist)
3. The course is directed and taught by appropriately qualified person/s
4. Adequate time must be allocated for coverage of the course
5. Appropriate means of assessment is in place to measure the learning outcomes for the course
6. An appropriately qualified external examiner must be appointed

Non-University based courses/workshops/study days

The NNNG will accredit your workshop/study day if the following criteria are met:

  1. The course contents meet the appropriate criteria in full (see checklist)
  2. The course is directed and taught by appropriately qualified person/s
  3. Adequate time must be allocated for coverage of the course/study day/workshop
  4. Appropriate means of evaluation is in place to gain feedback

Accreditation Procedure

The Accreditation committee currently consists of 7 members, all of whom are registered nurses within various institutions/positions working within the area of clinical nutrition. The accreditation process may take place at a formal committee meeting or in the absence of a face to face meeting, this process may be undertaken electronically so approval will not be delayed unnecessarily.

Step 1

Familiarise yourself with the NNNG checklist of evidence required by the committee for the approval process. Note: any evidence not submitted will delay the process.

Step 2

Applications should be made to:

NNNG Secretary @ http://www.nnng.org.uk  using the courses accreditation page.

We will acknowledge your application and provide you with a key contact.

For further information please email the NNNG Secretary at: [email protected]

Step 3

The NNNG committee will review your application and advise you of the outcome within 45 days of the submission date. If the NNNG are satisfied that your course meets the appropriate NNNG criteria, we will recommend that your course is accredited. This will be confirmed in writing and your Certificate of Accreditation will be issued.

In all cases, the final decision will rest with the accreditation committee. However is some cases you may asked to provide additional information to the committee before a final decision is made for approval.


NNNG accreditation is granted for 3 years or as long as the course is presented in the manner it was approved.

Any changes made to the course in relation to the checklist of original evidence must be resubmitted to the NNNG as a minor/major modification for the approval to remain valid. It is the responsibility of the course leader to inform the NNNG of any changes in order to retain NNNG accreditation. If you do not comply with this you may lose your NNNG accreditation. A charge will be incurred for any modifications that need to be approved.

At anytime during the accreditation period the NNNG reserve the right to request evidence of course/module content to ensure its compliance with the original approval.