“APHA – Into the Future``

The Executive Board meeting on the 27 July concentrated on how we can  take the Association forward in these times of reduced funding.

An action plan was agreed which aimed to revitalize and refresh the Association and make it attractive to both new and lapsed members. (For more detail click here)

There is much work to be done over the coming months, and it will be essential that more Officers volunteer to undertake parts of this and assist the task & finish group which has  been established to see this through.

Many challenges will be thrust upon us, not least being the Brexit arrangements where we must have significant input into exit negotiations in order to preserve the position of Port Health.

If you would like to join the team to deliver this strategy, please contact one of the committee members below.


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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To become a member of the Association of Port Health Authorities please click below


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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