Welcome to our February News. The Institute is celebrating 40 years!  On 16 February 1983, The Royal Sanitary Association of Scotland and The Scottish Institute of Environmental Health amalgamated to form The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland. As part of the celebrations, our President Evonne Bauer will feature this important milestone at the Annual Environmental Health Forum in April.
This month, we welcomed our newest member of staff to the team. Lucy Campbell has started as an Administrative Assistant supporting Margaret O’Hare in Community Training.  Her role includes the preparation and issuing of course packs and processing candidate certificates.
Plans are well underway for an exciting programme of centre events and professional updates for the year ahead.  As always, these are featured on our website in the events section.
 REHIS Annual Environmental Health Forum


This year’s Annual Environmental Health Forum, under the theme ‘embracing modern day challenges’ will be held as a Hybrid event from Kilmardinny House, East Dunbartonshire on Tuesday 25 April 2023.

The Forum will cover a wide range of topical updates relevant to professionals in both the public and private sectors. Confirmed speakers include Professor George Morris, Professor Phil Mackie, COSLA, Obesity Action, FSS, ASH Scotland and Police Scotland.  Awards, diplomas, and certificates will also be presented during the Forum. The full programme and booking details will be published on the REHIS website very soon.https://rehis.com/event-type/rehis-events
Food and Health Presenters Seminar

The Annual Presenters’ update seminar for Registered Presenters in Food and Health and Cooking Skills is being held on Wednesday 22 March on MS Teams.  As always, we have a varied and engaging number of speakers for the event and hope that you will join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative half day.  For details of the programme and booking arrangements –  REHIS Presenter’s Update Seminar for Food and Health and associated Food and Health Courses – REHIS
Thank you to Past President, Colin Wallace

 Our Honorary Treasurer, Martin Henry recently presented Colin Wallace with a small token of thanks for Colin’s many years of service to the Institute as an elected member of the Council, former Chair of the Examinations and Professional Standards Committee and President in both 2008 and 2013. Colin was also one of the Institute’s representatives on the International Federation of Environmental Health and was well known internationally for promoting the Scottish Environmental Health profession.   Colin took the decision to retire from Council at the AGM back in November 2022, and on behalf of the Institute we wish to thank Colin for his huge contribution to the work of the Institute and profession.
ScotHot, Scotland’s leading showcase for food, drink, hospitality, and tourism, is returning to the SEC Glasgow on 8-9 March 2023. Visitors at ScotHot will be able to see the newest artisan foods, the latest drink trends, inspirational tableware, technology and catering equipment.  Professional organisations and training companies will also be there promoting what they do. The Institute will be attending the event to promote the Environmental Health Profession and REHIS Community Training Courses.  It is free to attend if you register through www.scothot.co.uk , so come and see us on stand 269!
REHIS Secondary Schools Initiative

We are thrilled to announce that the Institute and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are continuing their co-funding arrangement for REHIS Schools Initiative for another year.  The Initiative is available to all secondary schools in Scotland for pupils aged between 13 and 18 and the co-funding will provide secondary pupils with the resources to complete the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene course and the REHIS Elementary Food and Health qualifications in 2023.