The New Business Improvement Officer

The Chairman of APHA has welcomed the appointment of Gary Gould as Business Improvement Officer, I'm delighted to welcome Gary on board said APHA Chair Pat McCarthy. Times are changing with in port health and  I am convinced this appointment will help reinvigorate the organization and help us meet the challenges that lay ahead, Gary is well known and respected in port health circles and can hit the ground running I know that I speak for the board when I say I look forward to working with him in promoting the work of port health officers through out the UK.


Gary has recently retired from the RAF where he had served for over 37 years practising Environmental Health in the military context.  He became involved with APHA as the RAF representative in 2008 and has since served on Airports, Environmental Health and Hygiene, and Oversight and Scrutiny Committees. It was because of his desire  to continue contribute to the work of APHA that he was made an Honorary Associate when he left the RAF and considered it a natural progression to apply for the post when advertised.

Gary Gould

Gary Gould

Associate Member & Secretary


The Association of Port Health Authorities (APHA)
is the only UK wide organisation representing the
interests of Port Health Authorities and Local
Authorities with responsibilities for public, animal and
environmental health controls at sea and airports.


Port Health Authorities operate at Airports, providing a range of services to the aerospace industry.


Port Health Authorities operate around the coastline, providing a range of services to the shipping industry.


Imported Food

Port Health Authorities are responsible for enforcing European legislation in relation to food stuffs imported from non-EU Countries (third country).

Infectious Disease

Port Health Authorities were constituted with the primary objective of preventing the introduction into the country of dangerous epidemic diseases through shipping activity without creating unnecessary disruptions to world trade.

Civil Contingency

Port Health Authorities have duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, and are known as a Category One responders to the Act.


Port Health Authorities are involved in movement of shellfish, the classification of and monitoring of shellfish beds. This is to ensure the health status of live bivalve molluscs, such as oysters, cockles, mussels, clams and razor fish.

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Environmental Protection

The enforcement of legislation relating to pollution on the docks is generally undertaken by Port Health Authorities. This includes the control of dusty cargos, permitted processes, smoke and waste disposal.

Animal Health

In order to ensure that animal and human diseases are not introduced into the United Kingdom via imported animals, a system of controls is enforced by Port Health Authorities (PHAs), Local Authorities (LAs), Animal Health (formerly known as the State Veterinary Service), a part of Defra, UK Border Agency (UKBA) Officers and the Police Service.

Water Quality

Ensuring that drinking water supplies, both at berths and piers and on board ships and aircraft, are safe to drink is the responsibility of the Local or Port Health Authority.

Members Area

Members of the Association of Port Health Authorities have access to this members area for documents including: meeting minutes and agendas, technical guidance documents and APHA updates.

Port Directory

The following port directory is an A-Z of ports in the British Isles. Use the search function to find ports.

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Environmental Health and Trading Standards, Housing and Environment, Aberdeen City Council, Business Hub 15, Third Floor South, Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen


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