Combined Health Certificate for Food Facilities

For Immediate Release

September 2, 2016; 10:05am

DPHSS Release No. 2016-070

Combined Health Certificate for Food Facilities

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is pleased to inform applicants for Health Certificates, and owners and managers of food-related establishments, that, pursuant to the “Rules and Regulations Governing the Issuance of Health Certificates,” a combined Health Certificate for all persons employed in eating and drinking and food establishments is now available.

Prior to the full implementation of the revised Health Certificates regulations (Public Law No. 33-20) in June of 2016, issuance of food-related Health Certificates had been divided between Eating and Drinking Establishments (bars, stall stands, restaurants, etc.) and Food Establishments (bakeries, retail food stores, manufacturers, etc.).  A person who worked in both types of establishment had to have two separate Health Certificates.  However, the revised regulations now allow the Department to issue a single certificate for both categories. 

New applicants will be issued a “Food Facility Health Certificate” at the time of application, while current holders of Health Certificates for Eating and Drinking and/or Food Establishments will be issued a Food Facility Health Certificate upon renewal.  These certificates will continue to be “portable” in that they may be used at more than one food facility.

For more information on Health Certificates, please call the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221.

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