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About the CIEH

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a registered charity and the professional voice for environmental health.  It sets standards, accredits courses and qualifications for the education of members and other environmental health practitioners.

It provides information, evidence and policy advice to local and                                                                     national government and environmental and public health practitioners in the public and private sectors. A s an awarding body, the CIEH provides qualifications, events, and support materials on topics relevant to health, well being and safety to develop workplace skills and best practice.

As a campaigning organisation, the CIEH aims to promote improvements in environmental and public health policy. It is based in the UK with offices in London, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The trading arm of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health is a wholly owned trading subsidiary which is charged with promoting the mission of the CIEH through its trading activities and its profits are gift-aided to the CIEH to support its charitable objectives. It organises conferences, seminars and produces a comprehensive range of public health publications.  

It also provides over 50 certification training programmes which include food safety, health and safety, environmental awareness through a network of over 10,000 registered trainers and 6,000 registered training centres across the UK.


Coat of arms - Our motto: Amicus Humani Generis

The translation is ‘Friend of the Human Race’ which sums up the role of members of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, who are concerned about people’s health, safety and well being – the things that are crucial to life itself.

The CIEH’s history can be traced back to the 1840s. Edwin Chadwick, a Poor Law Commissioner, conducted an inquiry into the causes of poverty which concluded that people often became poor because of ill health due to a bad environment. He believed that improving sanitation was the key to breaking this vicious circle.

Chadwick led a vigorous campaign for change which eventually won over the establishment, resulting in the Public Health Act 1848. The Act provided for the appointment of Inspectors of Nuisances – the forerunners of today’s environmental health practitioners – in areas of need. 

The Association of Public Sanitary Inspectors – the organisation which was to become the CIEH – was established in 1883. Over subsequent decades, the role of environmental health practitioners changed and grew, with standards of qualification rising until, in the 1960s, it became a graduate profession. The grant of a Royal Charter in 1984 set the seal on this enhanced role and status.

Training through the decades

The Public Health (London) Act 1891 required sanitary inspectors to gain the Certificate of the Sanitary Inspectors Examination Board. The qualification was updated in 1942, with the introduction of a three-stage Diploma Examination in Sanitary Science and Administration.

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