Permanent EU EHP

The CIEH processes applications from EU EHPs who wish to work in the UK on a permanent basis in accordance with the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications 2005/36/EC and the associated European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007.

 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 when considering applications from permanent EU EHPs.

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

  • If the EHP cannot be considered under the Directive 2005/36/EC no Certificate of Registration will be awarded.
  • If shortfalls are identified in the 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 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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