Food Hygiene

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If you are not sure that any of these courses will suit your training needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Open Course Dates

Level 1 Food Hygienetbc
Level 1 Food Hygiene with Infection Control22nd August 20249:30 am - 12:30 pm
Level 3 Food Hygiene tbc

Course Director

Isobel MacEwan MREHIS. Isobel is a REHIS approved trainer for food hygiene who has worked in food safety and infection control for thirty years, including 18 years delivering short courses for Training for Care. She also is a freelance consultant and currently advises companies on food safety and infection control in Edinburgh and across Scotland.

Guidelines and Statutory Requirements

Food Safety Act 1990 and EC Regulation No. 852/2004

The Practice Guidance for the Act has been amended to cover allergens and food intolerance, and this is now reflected in all food safety courses.

Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006

The Regulations require food businesses to implement food safety assurance systems and ensure that food handlers are supervised and/or instructed in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activities.  Failure to comply is likely to be interpreted as not meeting the “due diligence” test in legal action taken against the food business.
Food business means any undertaking, whether for profit or not and whether public or private, carrying out any of the activities related to any stage of production, processing and distribution of food.
All food businesses are required to implement, maintain and review a food safety assurance system based on procedures involving the seven Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The HACCP system is an instrument to help food businesses attain high food safety standards.

Level 2 Food Hygiene Refresher Course

While there is no mandatory requirement to renew the REHIS Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate (or equivalent), the introduction of the shorter Refresher Course reinforces the message (and facilitates compliance with it) that it is expected good practice to renew within 3 to 5 years since previous training.

Arrangements for Students requiring Language Support

If course participants require any of the following

  • foreign language versions of course booklets or multiple choice assessments (Level 2 Food Hygiene only)
  • An interpreting service
  • oral multiple choice assessment.

Please contact us a minimum of three weeks in advance of the course date.

Covid-19 Legislation

Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020


Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) for all food hygiene training courses. All courses except Introduction to Food Hygiene require satisfactory completion of a multiple choice assessment before the certificate can be issued.