The purposes of the Society, in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code are:
- To promote professional communication among and within professional disciplines in the broad field of clinical nutrition through national and regional meetings, local seminars, scientific, clinical and educational exhibits and publications;
- To promote proper application of clinical and research experience to the practice of nutritionally sound medicine;
- To encourage professional competence of practitioners and investigators in the fields of parenteral and enteral nutrition and the improvement of patient care through specific postgraduate and continuing education programs;
- To represent the needs of professionals and the patients they serve before government and regulatory agencies, professional societies and the public.
The Society is a legal entity, separate and apart from A.S.P.E.N. The Society is not responsible for the debts and obligations of A.S.P.E.N. and A.S.P.E.N. is not responsible for the debts and obligations of the Society.