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Timeline

Key milestones in the history of CIEH.

    • Edwin Chadwick

      1842

      Edwin Chadwick publishes his landmark Report on the Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Population of Great Britain.

    • Public Health Act 1848

      1848

      The Public Health Act 1848 is introduced. This establishes a General Board of Health and marks the first acceptance of responsibility for the health of the population by government.

    • John Snow

      1854

      John Snow removes the handle from the pump in Broad Street, Soho, during London’s outbreak of cholera.

    • The Public Health Act 1972

      1872

      The Public Health Act 1872 is introduced and makes the appointment of medical officers compulsory in urban areas.

    • Public Health Act 1875

      1875

      The Public Health Act 1875 establishes a coherent administrative machinery to deal with issues of health and sanitation locally. Local authorities are required to provide water, drainage and sewerage services.

    • 1883

      The Association of Public Sanitary Inspectors is founded.

    • Edwin Chadwick

      1884

      Edwin Chadwick is appointed as the first President of the Association.

    • 1886

      The Association’s first provincial meeting is held in Birmingham.

    • 1888

      Following a Special Meeting of the Association in July, the Association of Public Sanitary Inspectors became the Association of Public Sanitary Inspectors of Great Britain.

    • 1891

      The Association’s Certificate of Incorporation is granted by the Board of Trade, and its name is shortened to the Sanitary Inspectors Association.

    • The Sanitary Inspectors Journal

      1895

      The professional journal of the Sanitary Inspectors Association, the Sanitary Inspector’s Journal, is published.

    • 1899

      The Sanitary Inspectors’ Examination Board is incorporated.

    • Women sanitary inspector examining young girls

      1901

      The Women Sanitary Inspectors Association is formed.

    • Ministry of Health Act 1919

      1919

      The Ministry of Health is established.

    • 1926

      Formation of the Royal Sanitary Institute and Sanitary Inspectors Examination Joint Board.

    • 1953

      Report of the Working Party on the Recruitment, Training and Qualification of Sanitary Inspectors is published.

    • 1956

      Sanitary Inspectors (Change of Designation) Act – changed designation from ‘sanitary inspector’ to ‘public health inspector’.

    • 1957

      Following the change in designation granted by the Act of Parliament in August 1956, the members of the Sanitary Inspectors Association voted at an extraordinary general meeting on 11 January 1957 to change the name of the Association to The Association of Public Health Inspectors (APHI).

    • 1965

      First Annual Report on Environmental Health published by the Association.

    • 1975

      The APHI became the Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOA).

    • Institution of Environmental Health Officers logo

      1981

      The EHOA became the Institution of Environmental Health Officers (IEHO).

    • CIEH Royal Charter

      1984

      The IEHO is granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    • Environmental Protection Act 1990

      1990

      The Environmental Protection Act is introduced.

    • CIEH logo

      1994

      The IEHO was given consent by the Crown and the Privy Council to change its name to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

    • 2003

      CIEH issues its first Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner award.

    • UK/EU flag

      2019

      The UK left the EU.

    • A forest

      2020

      The Environment Bill is introduced.

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