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Practice as a Food Handler


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

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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.

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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. It should be noted that the cost for the specific laboratory analysis is not covered by the General HealthCare System.

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 plus the registration fee.

Health Certificates are issued at the following medical centres:


  • Nicosia General Hospital,
  • Old Nicosia Hospital,
  • Lakatamιa Health Center,

  • Old Limassol Hospital
  • Linopetra Health Center
  • Kyperounda Hospital

  • Old Larnaca Hospital

  • Paphos General Hospital
  • Polis Chrysochous City Hospital

  • Famagusta General Hospital

Please find the contact details of the Government Hospitals, in the Related Links and Related Documents.

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
Email: healthservices@mphs.moh.gov.cy
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 plus the registration fee. .

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Ministry of Health
Public Hospitals
Nicosia General Hospital
Archbishop Makarios III Hospital
Limassol General Hospital
Larnaca General Hospital
Paphos General Hospital
Famagusta General Hospital
Polis Chrysochous and Rural Health Center K. Pyrgos

Related Documents

Download the Acrobat fileRegulations on the Hygiene and Official Controls on Foodstuffs of 2006, amd Regulation (EC) No. 852-2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileGuidance document on the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 852-2004 On the hygiene of foodstuffs .pdf
Download the Acrobat fileGovernmental General Hospitals - Contact Details.pdf

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