Non EU EHP

To work in the UK as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) UK candidates are required to complete a BSc (Hons) or MSc in Environmental Health at an institution accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), complete a period of practical training and complete the CIEH professional assessments. When all elements have been successfully completed candidates are awarded the Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) which enables them to undertake environmental health enforcement duties. The CIEH applies the same standard to Non EU EHPs who wish to obtain the Certificate of Registration from the EHRB to enable them to work in the UK.

Before a Certificate of Registration can be awarded to a Non EU EHP the CIEH must consider the application to determine whether an applicant’s qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHP. The possible outcomes of the application are as follows:

  • The Certificate of Registration will not be awarded by the Environmental Health Registration Board if any of the following apply:
    • The applicant does not meet the requirements to practise as an EHP set by their competent authority.
    • The applicant has been prohibited from practising by their competent authority.
    • The applicant has not worked as an EHP for at least two years during the last ten in a country where environmental health is not regulated. (This will also apply if the regulation by the competent authority is not considered equivalent to the regulation by the CIEH).
    • The applicant’s qualifications and practical experience are so different to a UK EHP that the application is regarded as a mismatch.
  • If shortfalls are identified in the Non EU EHP’s qualifications or practical training a restricted Certificate of Registration will be awarded. The applicant will be informed of the compensatory measures required before a full Certificate of Registration can be awarded.
  • If the Non EU EHP’s qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHP the full Certificate of Registration will be awarded.
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