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The London Port Health Authority is responsible for all port health functions on the Thames, including the ports at: London Gateway, Tilbury, Thamesport, Sheerness, 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

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

Our head office is in the City of London with local offices at London Gateway, Tilbury and Denton. Details of all our offices on our contacts page.

The district is divided into two divisions:

  • Tilbury and Upper Thames
  • Thamesport and Lower Thames

The Tilbury and Manorway House offices at Stanford le Hope serve the London Gateway port and deal with imported food. The Denton office deals with shellfish control work and is the base for the launch service.

The district also includes, to the south, the lower reaches of the River Medway with the ports of Queenborough and Ridham Dock and to the north, parts of the River Crouch, the River Roach and its tributaries.

The authority operates two launches, "Lady Aileen" and "Londinium III", and two Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB).

We use the services of public analysts, consultants in communicable disease control and Boarding Medical Officers. We also use the services of Public Health England.

Working with the Port of London Authority

We work closely with the Port of London Authority (PLA) which is responsible for navigational safety and related matters on the 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington in west London.