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Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a professional membership body concerned with environmental health and promoting standards in the training and education of environmental health professionals.

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
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MottoAmicus Humani Generis
Legal statusNot-for-profit Royal Chartered professional body
PurposeEnhancing and promoting environmental health
HeadquartersChadwick Court
  • 15 Hatfields, Southwark, London, SE1 8DJ
Region served
Chief Executive
Anne Godfrey MA Dip Law CCMI FCIM Chartered Marketer
Main organ
Board of Trustees
AffiliationsInternational Federation of Environmental Health, Environmental Health Registration Board



The history of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health can be traced back to 1883 when the original organisation was founded and called the Association of Public Sanitary Inspectors.[2][3]

In 1984, the then Institute of Environmental Health Officers was granted a Royal Charter, a deed giving it special powers, rights and privileges.[4] It became subject to scrutiny by the Privy Council and spent the next ten years taking additional steps to ensure the professional standards of its membership. This resulted in permission being given in 1994 for the organisation to reflect its chartered status through a change in its name to Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

The Royal Charter states that the objects of CIEH are: 'to promote for the public benefit the theory and science of environmental health in all its aspects and to disseminate knowledge about environmental health.'[5]


CIEH is based in the UK with approximately 8,000[6] members worldwide; the majority being based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

CIEH’s head office is Chadwick Court (named after Edwin Chadwick), in Southwark, London, with additional offices in Wales and Northern Ireland.[7]

It also provides a range of professional qualifications and work-based learning[8] including eLearning,[9] corporate training[10] and consultancy services.[11] CIEH’s qualification portfolio includes food safety, health and safety, first aid, fire safety and environmental protection.

CIEH also works with organisations in the private, public and charity sectors, helping them comply with legal requirements and best practice, as well as offering training for their employees.


CIEH offers four grades of membership: Affiliate; Associate; Member and Fellow.[12]

Members get access to news, regional networks, special interest groups and a range of other benefits.

Chartered Environmental Health PractitionerEdit

Since 2003 CIEH has awarded the status of Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner.[13] Chartered status can be obtained only by Members with five years of work experience as a qualified EHP, 60 hours of CPD accumulated within the last three years as well as passing the Chartered Status Assessment.[14]

Chartered Environmental Health Practitioners may use the post-nominal letters CEnvH and can gain entry to the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).[15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ CIEH 2018 renewal brochure
  2. ^ CIEH: About Us
  3. ^ Laverack, Glenn (2014). A-Z of Public Health. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 50. ISBN 1137426179.
  4. ^ Privy Council: Record of Royal Charters awarded
  5. ^ CIEH: Regulations
  6. ^ CIEH 2018 renewal brochure
  7. ^ CIEH: Contact us
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  12. ^ Membership grades web page by CIEH
  13. ^ Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner web page by CIEH
  14. ^ CIEH: Chartered Status
  15. ^ OSHCR: Professional Bodies