Port Health

The Port Health Authority operates around the coastline of Cornwall providing a range of services throughout the county. The work is carried out by port health officers (specialist environmental health officers) who operate on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week basis.

Port health controls are managed by local authorities who enforce regulations on behalf of central government. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are responsible for the overall policy in the area of public and animal health for food and feed.

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We are located in Falmouth Docks and the areas of work we cover are:

  • Environmental protection
  • Control of infectious diseases from ships and aircraft
  • Food safety audits and Inspections
  • Pollution control
  • Border Inspection Post for products of non animal origin and fishery products.
  • Ship sanitation certificates
  • Shellfish monitoring
  • International catering waste
  • Factory fishing vessel Inspection
  • Vessel and port facility water sampling
  • Health and safety at work
  • Business advice

There is a comprehensive range of business regulatory support services available to help and advise businesses to be more successful and compliant.

View the Public Protection Fees and Charges and Licensing Fees and Charges for 2016-17 (effective from 2nd June 2016)

Latest information on the Ebola outbreak can be found below:

As the Port Health Authority, we are the first point of contact for reports to be made of illness on board ships or aircraft. Additional surveillence throughout the county's air and sea ports is in place to ensure all vessels and aircraft entering Cornwall are identified prior to their arrival. Once identified all the necessary health checks are carried out in collaboration with colleagues within Public Health England.