These terms and conditions apply to membership applications for all categories of membership of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT). Please read them carefully as they contain important information about your membership. By submitting your membership application form you agree to be bound by these terms.
- Your application to become a Member and Guarantor for the sum of £1, of the BBritish Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) also means that you will be a Member of the Company upon the terms of and subject to the Memorandum, Articles of Association and Members’ Agreement of the Company.
- Membership of BANT is subject to an annual membership fee that you undertake to pay with your Membership Application and you accept that this fee covers the period 1st of January up to 31st of December of each year (or part thereof should you join during the year set at a 6 month pro rata fee applicable to full members only). See Membership Types and Fees for details.
- All applications are subject to acceptance by BANT, which will be confirmed in writing by email and relevant attachments. A contract between BANT and any person applying for membership is formed when confirmation of payment and a successful application is complete. The Governing Council of BANT has the right to reject your application. The Governing Council, at its discretion, may request from you, or appropriate others, further information in support of your application.
- With the exception of Affiliate Members, as a member of BANT, you agree to abide by the – CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the BANT Professional Practice Handbook. If you are a BANT member and a registrant of the HCPC, you agree to also abide by the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. You agree to review the content of all relevant documents on an ongoing basis, as you understand that they will be updated periodically.
- It is compulsory for all full practising members of BANT to be registered with the CNHC or HCPC. Full practising members who do not live or practise (physically or virtually) in the UK will be exempt from CNHC registration and it will be optional to register. Full practising members who have not trained at an accredited course and have not been in practice for 3 years since their date of graduation will be granted an exemption and given a date by which they will need to apply for registration with the CNHC.
- All members of BANT (excluding Student and Affiliate Members) must complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD (a minimum of 8 of these hours must be ACTIVE CPD) and enter these hours on the online BANT CPD Logging System. This CPD requirement is compulsory. Members will not be able to renew their membership if they have not logged their minimum of 30 CPD hours (a minimum of 8 of these hours must be ACTIVE CPD) on the online BANT CPD Logging System.
- If you join BANT as a full member between 1 July – 31 December you will only need to complete 50% of the required CPD hours for that year. 50% of the CPD hours means completing a minimum of 15 hours of CPD (a minimum of 4 of these hours must be ACTIVE CPD) and enter these hours on the online BANT CPD Logging System.
- Payment for new membership applications must be received in full by BANT at the time the application is made. BANT accepts payment for new applications by BACS (online bank transfers) or Paypal. Applicants must use their full name as the reference when making electronic payments and must indicate the type of payment used on the application from. Membership renewal payments will be made by online by card payment via the BANT website.
- All membership fee payments are non-refundable. Memberships cannot be placed on hold or suspended. If you cancel your membership you will not receive a refund. If you are a student member and you do not complete your course, your student membership will become inactive with immediate effect and you will not receive a refund.
- If you do not renew your membership by the 31st of January each year, which is 4 weeks from the annual renewal date of the 1st of January, your membership will become inactive. In addition to your membership fee, you will be charged a reactivation fee of £20. If your membership remains inactive for more than 8 weeks (28th Feb) from the renewal date of 1st January, you will need to make a new application for membership charged at the same fee rate as a new applicant.
- If your application for NEW Full membership is made after July 1st, then the membership fee is reduced by 50% and will cover you up to the 31st of December. This pro-rata reduction in fees does not apply to applications for NEW Student membership or membership renewals.
- The fee payment for student membership does not count towards the fee payment for full membership. These fee payments are treated separately and the student fee payment will not be deducted from the full membership fee upon application for conversion from student to full member.
- BANT Student Members are not permitted to practise Nutritional Therapy until they have met the criteria for, and been accepted as, a Full Member. Doing so may result in the student being suspended from BANT pending an investigation. Exceptional cases arise from time to time and will be considered on an individual basis in conjunction with the Training Provider.
- We welcome applications that are sent by email with electronic copies of the supporting documentation. However, we still accept postal applications.
- BANT reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time and you will then be subject to the new and updated terms and conditions.
Last updated: 5 July 2017