We consider applications from a permanent EU EHO in three stages. This flow diagram outlines the process. The stages and fees payable depend on whether qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHO, or if compensatory measures are required.
We consider all the information supplied in the application form. Initially the level, duration and content of the applicant’s degree or higher level qualification in Environmental Health will be compared to that of a UK EHO. As a minimum, we are looking for a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Health that involves at least three years full time study. The content of the degree will be compared to Curriculum 2011 which all UK accredited Environmental Health courses must cover. A mapping exercise will be carried out, mapping the curriculum, module descriptors or learning outcomes supplied by the applicant with the learning outcomes from Curriculum 2011. Additionally, we check whether a practical food inspection examination has been completed, or equivalent, which focuses on the identification and fitness of a range of specimens and appropriate interventions.
We then consider any practical training and work experience comparing it to a UK EHO. As a minimum, we are looking for applicants to have experience in the five fields of Environmental Health covered in the Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) which must be completed by all UK EHOs; these fields include Food Safety, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, Housing and Health and Public Health. Again a mapping exercise will be carried out, mapping the intervention areas and skills from the PPP with the information provided by the applicant in the form of a practical training logbook, employer’s references or job descriptions.
We will seek to verify all evidence supplied by the candidate with the application, including contacting the Institution where the Environmental Health qualification was obtained and all referees provided.
There are three possible outcomes at stage two:
- If the applicant cannot be considered under the Directive 2005/36/EC, no Certificate of Registration will be awarded by the Environmental Health Registration Board.
- If shortfalls are identified in the EU EHOs qualifications or practical training a restricted Certificate of Registration will be awarded. The compensatory measures that would be required before the full Certificate of Registration could be awarded would be specified and the applicant would need to progress to Stage 3 to pursue these through either a period of adaptation or aptitude test.
- If the EU EHOs qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHO the full Certificate of Registration will be awarded.
The applicant could choose to pursue the compensatory measures through a period of adaptation or an aptitude test. The period of adaptation would require the applicant to gain further practical experience to complete the relevant sections of the Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP). If three sections of the PPP needed to be completed the applicant would also be required to sit the Professional Interview. The aptitude test would require the applicant to complete the relevant Professional Examination papers where shortfalls had been identified. Again if three examination papers needed to be completed the applicant would also be required to sit the ‘Professional Interview’.
For more information about the assessments please see the compensatory measures page. When the compensatory measures have been completed successfully, the full Certificate of Registration would be awarded by the Environmental Health Registration Board.
Flow diagram - Permanent EU EHP Application Process for the Certificate of Registration