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Environmental Health Officer (United Kingdom)

  • Generic name of profession

    Environmental health officer
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Environmental Health Officer
    United Kingdom
    England & Wales
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    National legislation:

    The European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007

    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :
    Protected title (without reserves of activities)


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    Recognition of professional experience Annex IV - automatic recognition
    Level in case of subsidiary application of GS:
    PS3 - Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years) , Art. 11 d
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    The Environmental Health Officer (EHO) role covers Food Safety, Environmental Protection, Health & Housing, Health & Safety and Public Health. EHOs work to ensure that the food we eat is safe and of good quality, to improve housing conditions, to safeguard standards of workplace health and safety and to create a better environment. An EHO can be a generalist practitioner or specialise in a particular area. They are employed by a wide range of organisations in all industrial sectors. These could include a major supermarket chain to manage food safety and hygiene, by a housing association to advise on housing standards, or by a local council to deal with a variety of issues that impact on human health such as: noise, pests, pollution, disease outbreaks, safety at work, area regeneration and community health initiatives.

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