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The London Port Health Authority is the largest port health authority in the UK, covering the tidal Thames from Teddington Lock to the Thames Estuary.  It is part of the City of London Corporation's Department of Markets and Consumer Protection.

The Authority is registered against ISO 9001 for its imported food enforcement service.​

We are responsible for all port health functions on the Thames, including the ports at:

  • Tilbury
  • London Gateway
  • Thamesport
  • Sheerness and
  • London City Airport

Functions include:

  • Imported food and feed controls
  • Infectious disease controls
  • Food safety and hygiene including water quality
  • Shellfish controls
  • Vessel inspections and issue of ship sanitation documentation
  • Environmental controls

We have highly experienced staff who offer a high standard of service using current IT systems to offer competitive imported food clearance times.

Our head office is in the City but there are local offices at Tilbury, Denton and London Gateway . You can find details of all our offices on our contacts page.

Port Health operates an emergency 24 hour service to report for infectious disease and illness on board ships and aircraft, the standby officer can be contacted on +44 (0) 7050 389861.