Donations in lieu of gifts to speakers and chairmen and proceeds from a raffle at the REHIS Annual Conference Dinner have raised the sum of £615 for the Scotland Chikwawa (Malawi) Health Initiative. The money raised will be used to fund food hygiene training in the Chikwawa region in southern Malawi.
Bernard Forteath, President of REHIS, sends his thanks to all the speakers, chairmen, delegates and staff who contributed to the donation.


REHIS is delighted to announce the launch of a new feature on its homepage.

The first new feature is the addition of the 'job vacancies - opportunities in environmental health' portal on the homepage. This feature will allow access to current vacancies in the Scottish environmental health community.

Further developments are imminent - watch this space!

Highfield Awards 2006

The Awards are presented to people who have achieved the highest marks in Food Hygiene,HACCP and Health and Safety Courses run by REHIS Approved Training Centres. The Awards are sponsored by Highfield Ltd and are an annual event at the REHIS Conference.The Awards were presented at Glasgow City Chambers by Helen Greenhow from Highfield and John Stirling,President of REHIS on the 22nd November 2006.


Earlier this year the Institute sent questionnaires to a random sample of 100 Environmental Health Officer members to establish levels of post-qualification training undertaken, to seek views on current post-qualification opportunities offered by REHIS and to ascertain opinion on future post-qualification training and development needs. A report was submitted to the Environmental Health Promotion Committee in September last year and the findings are now being evaluated and will be reported on in the near future.


Five new Honorary Vice-Presidents of REHIS have been elected.Three of them received their Certificates at the Annual Award Ceremony which was kindly hosted by Glasgow City Council on 22 November 2006.
The new Honorary Vice-Presidents,elected by the Council of REHIS,are:

George Georgallas,General Secretary of APHI Cyprus

Robin Harper,MSP

Kenneth Macintosh,MSP

Stewart Maxwell,MSP

Professor George Morris

Ann Marie Part,Chairman of EHOA Ireland


Four members of the Institute have had the award of fellowship conferred upon them.The presentation of their Certificate of Fellowship was made at the Annual Awards Ceremony which was kindly hosted by Glasgow City Council on 22 November 2006.
The new fellows are:
Liz Corbett
John Frater
Martin Henry
George Morris
The award of fellowship is made for outstanding and distinguished service to the work of the Institute.
Pictured here are John Frater,Liz Corbett,John Stirling and Martin Henry.

1000th Food and Health Course Certificate

The 1000th REHIS Food and Health Course Certificate has been presented to Ann Sargent of South Ayrshire Council. Ann received her certificate from REHIS President Bernard Forteath with South Ayrshire Councillor Pam Pearson at a presentation ceremony in Ayr.
The course,which is proving to be very popular,is available at REHIS food safety training centres throughout Scotland.
For more information contact Graham Walker on 0131 225 5444 or

New safety course launched for young workers

The 18-24 age group of the working population is more at risk of suffering accidents in the workplace than any other. In an attempt to help employers tackle these statistics, REHIS has devised an Introductory Course aimed at young people starting work. Details of the course were revealed at the REHIS Conference in Glasgow by Graham Walker, Director of Training.

Environmental Health 'losing influence'

The President of REHIS, John Stirling (pictured) states in his opening address to this year's Conference that the environmental health profession 'is being relegated to the lower tiers of local government'

He warns that the dramatic reduction in the number of Environmental Health Officers 'should be of concern to the powers-that-be'

See press release

Conference welcome for Cypriot delegation

Five delegates from the Association of Public Health Inspectors of Cyprus will fly in for this week's Conference in Glasgow. The party is visiting as part of the link formed between the two organisations last year.

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