Professor Kofi Aidoo, the Institute’s President, will lead a group of global experts providing independent advice to the United Nations (UN) on food contaminants that could cause cancer. Kofi has served on the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, which is administered jointly by the UN and the WHO, for a number of years. Follow the link below for the full story – http://www.gcu.ac.uk/newsroom/news/article/?id=136884


The President and Board of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) invite you to get in touch with Environmental Health colleagues across the globe by subscribing to the Federation’s Special Interest Groups – a great way to access over 50,000 environmental health/public health professionals and to exchange views and information on issues of interest to you! Full information is available at the IFEH website – http://www.ifeh.org/sig/.


REHIS is pleased to announce a new Joint Award with WasteSwitch Ltd, a Waste Management Training and Consultancy firm based in Livingston, West Lothian. WasteSwitch was established by its directors, Mr Steven Kiakowski and Mr Colin Grieve in order to provide an accredited training solution in response to the substantial increased focus and enforcement of the Waste Disposal regulation and legislation on all businesses within Scotland. The Waste (Scotland) Regulations, revisited in 2014, mean that every business, small and large, within Scotland, now has to comply with a wide range of legislative and regulatory requirements in relation to recycling. The regulations require all businesses and organisations to separate key materials – plastic, glass, metals, paper and card – for recycling, while most food businesses are also required to separate food waste for collection. The course is designed to raise awareness of the key areas of the regulation and highlight the consequences for non-compliance, such that badly sorted waste could be rejected by the waste collector and result in higher collection costs, plus ultimately, a substantial fine and possible criminal convictions. Businesses are now looking for training on this subject in order to further educate their staff and protect their corporate responsibilities. WasteSwitch Limited have developed a training programme for businesses which covers the responsibilities for all staff in regards to the correct and appropriate identification, segregation, collection and disposal of the waste produced in line with the Regulations and the substantial environmental and recycling efficiency benefits that can be achieved. Specifically, and significantly the reduction in C02 emissions, how to report accurately on this saving and how to maximize the increased diversion from landfill. Jackie McCabe, REHIS Director of Training would like to commend Steven and Colin for all their hard work and support, during the development of this Joint Award. The Award provides businesses and their employees with an effective training course on how to dispose waste in line with current regulations. The photograph shows Tom Bell, REHIS Chief Executive, Steven Kiakowski, WasteSwitch Director signing the Joint Award Agreement with Colin Grieve, WasteSwitch Director and Jackie McCabe, REHIS Director of Training at a meeting held in the REHIS Office. For further details, contact Jackie McCabe, Director of Training at REHIS, 19 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh EH3 8HX or by telephone on 0131 229 2968 or by email at jm@rehis.com

The REHIS Annual Environmental Health Forum

The REHIS Annual Environmental Health Forum will be presented at the Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow on 27 and 28 April this year.The Institute’s President, Professor Kofi Aidoo, will host the event at the University where he has been an active teaching and research academic for many years.The Forum programme can be downloaded here and booking for one or both days are welcome.

Statement of Intent between FSS and REHIS

REHIS and FSS sign Statement of Intent to work together in an effective and coherent partnership to improve public health, food safety and standards in Scotland. Click on the link to learn more – Statement of Intent

Book now for the REHIS Witness Familiarisation Course and for the Crime Investigation, Report Writing and Submissions to the Crown Office Course.


Cited to court?  Will I be able to cope?

Learn how to be an effective witness

Location: The Court Room, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife FK10 4BE

Date: Friday 19 February 2016. 09:00 – 17:00

The course will be of relevance to all Environmental Health Officers, Food Safety Officers, Enforcement Officers, Technical Officers, etc who may have to give evidence as witnesses in their professional capacity in a criminal court or at a Fatal Accident Inquiry.

See the attached document for more information and a booking form.


Location: The Castle Suite, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fire FK10 4BE

Date: Friday 8 April 2016. 09:00 – 17:00

The course will be of relevance to staff of all Specialist Reporting Agencies and Regulatory Services who have responsibility for investigating and reporting crimes to the COPFS, including Chartered Environmental Health Officers, Environmental Health Officers and other associated Environmental Health professionals (Enforcement Officers and Technical Officers etc).

14th World Congress on Environmental Health, Lilongwe, Malawi

The 2016 WCEH will be held between 3 and 6 May and will feature plenary sessions, symposia, oral communications, poster presentations organised in thematic sessions, focus group discussions, Invited addresses, exhibitions and local field visits. For further information visit www.2016wceh.org/Conference.php.

Season’s Greetings from REHIS

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Chief Executive receives Irish Honour

Tom Bell, the Institute’s Chief Executive, was ‘greatly honoured’ to be awarded Honorary Membership by Environmental Health Association of Ireland and he was present at the Association’s Annual Awards Evening in Dublin on 4 December to receive his certificate of Honorary Membership.

Speaking after the presentation Tom offered his sincere thanks to the Association for the award and for the warmth of the reception he and his wife Angela received on the night.

The Association’s Central Council unanimously agreed to confer the title of Honorary Member on Tom in recognition of the contribution he has made to Environmental Health and in particular his contribution to strengthening of links between the Institute and the Association. 

The photo shows Tom being presented with his certificate of Honorary Membership from Peter Gaffey, Association Chairman.


Professor Kofi Aidoo installed as President

Kofi was installed as the Institute’s President at its Annual General Meeting on 20 November 2015.

Kofi Aidoo is Professor of Food Safety and Microbiology at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and programme leader of the Food Bioscience programme at the University. He also leads GCU’s Food Research Laboratory that operates to ISO 17025 standards. Kofi is a Fellow of REHIS, of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and of the Royal Society for Promotion of Health. He serves on the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, Contaminants and Natural Toxicants (JECFA) of the FAO/WHO.

Kofi is keen to serve the needs of the membership and will champion the profile and advancement of Environmental Health as a public health profession, will ensure the continuing development of the Institute’s community training activities and promote Institute’s role as a registered Scottish charity.

REHIS Annual Award Ceremony, Environmental Health Update and Annual General Meeting 2015

Annual Award Ceremony

The Annual Award Ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 19 November. On the morning of the following day the annual Environmental Health Update event, a free to members CPD event, will be presented. This will be followed by the Institute’s Annual General Meeting. All three events will be held at the Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh.

REHIS Environmental Health Update and AGM

The Environmental Health Update is a morning only free to members CPD training event and precedes the Institute’s Annual General Meeting.This year’s event will include speakers from ASH Scotland and the Association of Port Health Authorities as well as updates from other stakeholders involved with environmental health in Scotland. All members, EHO and non-EHO, from the public and private sectors are all very welcome. Non-members are also very welcome to attend the event for a small fee.

The programme and registration form are attached.

The AGM will take place at 2pm and members (paid up members only) are encouraged to attend.

Kerri Milne presents her award winning essay

 Kerri Milne, a third year BSc (Hons) Environmental Health degree course student at the University of the West of Scotland, presented her award winning essay at the1st World Academic Congress on Environmental Health in Coimbra, Portugal earlier this week. Kerri’s submission ‘World Health – It’s In Our Hands: Can We Beat Ebola?’ was judged to be the best entry in the this year’s Roy Emerson Award which is jointly sponsored by Highfield International and RIAMS.

Henry Healy, who is studying on the same course as Kerri was adjudged to be the runner-up.  The Institute offers its sincere congratulations to Kerri and Henry.

Kerri’s essay will be published in the autumn edition of Environmental Health Scotland due to be published in early October.

Photo: Kerri Milne receiving her award from Henning Hansen, IFEH President and Richard Sprenger, Highfield International with Professor Susana Paixao watching on.