In order to practice as a Food Handler in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a Health Certificate for Food Handlers from a Chief Medical Officer of the Medical and Public Health Services of the Ministry of Health.
The term Food Handler refers to a person that comes into contact with foodstuffs that are not pre-packed and is employed in any capacity on the site of a food business
Any individual is eligible to apply in order to obtain a Health Certificate for Food Handlers provided that a Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health is satisfied that the state of his/her (the applicant's) health is such that it does not pose any risk to food safety.
There is no application document available for the issuance of a Health Certificate for Food Handlers. For the issuance of a Health Certificate for Food Handlers the interested party has to provide a clinical laboratory (public or private) with a stool sample which will be analyzed for the detection of salmonella and parasites.
Once the interested party receivesthe analysis report, then she/he should refer to a Chief Medical Officer who will issue a Certificate(on the same day) after he is convinced thatthe state ofthe applicant'shealth is such that it does not pose any risk to food safety. It is noted that the issuance of the Certificate entails a fee of €22.
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The contact details of the competent authority are the following:
Public Health Services of the Ministry of Health
1 Prodromou str., 1449, Nicosia
Tel.: +357 22605554
Fax : +357 22605482
Website: http://www. moh.gov.cy/moh/mphs/phs.nsf
The Certificate is valid for twelve months from the date of issue. The renewal fee is €22.
Obligations and Supervision
Food Handlers are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Regulations on the Hygiene and Official Controls on Foodstuffs of 2006, and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs, as periodically amended, and also, among others, to always have their health certificate for food handlers readily available to be presented to the authorised officer of the competent authority during the official control of the food business premises.