Permanent EU EHO

We process applications from EU EHOs who wish to work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 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 as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) candidates are required to complete a BSc (Hons) or MSc in Environmental Health at an institution accredited by us, complete a period of practical training and complete our 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. We apply the same standard when considering applications from permanent EU EHOs.

Before a Certificate of Registration can be awarded to a permanent EU EHO, we 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 an EHRB qualified EHO. The possible outcomes of the application are as follows:

  • If the EHO cannot be considered under the Directive 2005/36/EC no Certificate of Registration will be awarded.
  • If shortfalls are identified in the EU EHOs 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 EHOs qualifications and practical training are comparable to an EHRB qualified EHO the full Certificate of Registration will be awarded.
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