The Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection (HCFPI) was developed to allow non-EHOs employed by Food Enforcement Authorities to meet the requirements of the Food Standard Agency's Code of Practice. A person inspecting food premises for, or on behalf, of a Food Enforcement Authority should be either qualified as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO), an Official Veterinary Surgeon (OVS) or hold the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection.
The HCFPI’s assessments are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge in this specific area of work. It does not cover food quality in terms of fitness or nutritional value but requires candidates to have a deep and thorough knowledge of food microbiology, food science and technology, food law and criminal law, building construction and building services in relation to food businesses and risk assessments.
To obtain the HCFPI candidates are required to:
The HCFPI logbook is supplied when a candidate applies for partial registration with EHRB. Candidates can complete the logbook and interview in any order, although the logbook cannot be submitted for assessment, or the interview undertaken, until the accredited course has been passed and we are informed of the result.
Upon successful completion of all elements candidates are awarded the HCFPI of EHRB and their names appear in the HCFPI register.