Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

  • 26 October 2022

Following an increase in the number of detections of avian influenza (bird flu) in wild birds and other captive birds, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and other captive birds. This […]

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Food Standards Scotland relaunch updated Healthy Eating Tutorial

  • 26 October 2022

Food Standards Scotland have relaunched their Healthy Eating Tutorial, developed in collaboration with Public Health Scotland. The tutorial serves as a helpful tool for those looking for an introduction to nutrition, and who may be required to provide healthy eating messages to others as part of their job, for example those working in health and social […]

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Licensing scheme opens for short-term lets

  • 26 October 2022

From 1 October 2022, all short-term let accommodation will need a licence, unless specifically excluded. This will ensure there is a mandatory set of standards that apply to all short-term lets across Scotland.  The new licence is a legal obligation, even if hosts occasionally let out a spare room or sub-let while on holiday for example.   The […]

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Pausing asymptomatic Covid-19 testing

  • 26 October 2022

Health and social care workers will no longer be required to test for COVID-19 every week as asymptomatic testing was paused on 28 September. The four UK Chief Medical Officers agreed it is safe to halt weekly staff testing, visitor and carer testing and hospital admission testing following a change to the Covid-19 alert level […]

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Scotland’s tap water quality remains high says Water Quality Regulator 

  • 6 October 2022

The latest annual report issued by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) for Scotland’s shows that Scottish Water’s compliance with the stringent standards for drinking water is high at 99.92%. The report is now in its twentieth year and highlights compliance with standards has improved from 99.28% in 2002 to 99.92% in 2021. This may […]

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Environmental Standards Scotland proposed Strategic Plan laid to Parliament

  • 6 October 2022

Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS) has laid its proposed Strategic Plan before the Scottish Parliament for approval.  Following ESS’s recent consultation, the revised Strategic Plan sets out how ESS will work over the next three years to carry out its role to scrutinise, investigate and then secure compliance with, and improvements to the effectiveness of, Scotland’s […]

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Environmental Standards Scotland takes action on Scotland’s failure to comply with air quality limit values

  • 4 October 2022

Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS) has issued an improvement report to the Scottish Government following its investigation into compliance with air quality limit values. The report, published on 29 September 2022, sets out evidence of a continued failure in some areas of Scotland to meet statutory limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The report also identifies […]

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Report on vaping advertising consultation published

  • 4 October 2022

The Scottish Government has published its report on the Tightening rules on advertising and promoting vaping products consultation. The consultation ran from 3 February 2022 to 29 April 2022 and sought views on proposed regulations which aim to strike a balance between protecting non-smokers and making information available to smokers. The responses and consultation analysis will help the […]

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REHIS News – September 2022

  • 26 September 2022

The September e-newsletter has been issued. If you subscribe to receive the e-newsletter you will have already received this. REHIS News The Institute was saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Jackie McCabe, Chief Executive was honoured to receive an invitation, on behalf of the Institute, to attend the Service […]

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Concerns over The Retained EU Law Bill

  • 25 September 2022

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, published by the House of Commons, seeks to revoke over 2,400 pieces of EU legislation that were included in the UK statute book at the end of the Brexit transition period. Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law created at the end of the transition […]

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World Environmental Health Day – 26 September 2022

  • 25 September 2022

Every year, 26 September is marked as World Environmental Health Day across the globe. World Environmental Health Day is observed to raise awareness regarding the significance of the health of our environment. The theme for the 2022 is “Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also […]

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New framework announced to tackle industrial emissions across the UK

  • 25 September 2022

Pollution caused by industrial emissions is set to be reduced and environmental performance improved under a new framework of regulation that will better protect our air, water and land. The UK’s new Best Available Techniques framework will enable regulators and industry to work together to identify and apply up to date, challenging standards when it comes to […]

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