Practice as a Food Scientist and/or Food Technologist
In order to practice as a Food Scientist or/and Food Technologist in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register with the Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, and obtain a Certificate of Registration.
Who is Eligible
Every physical person is eligible to register with the Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians, provided that the Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians is satisfied that he/she fulfills the following criteria:
- Is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus or a European citizen or a spouse or a child of a Cyprus citizen who has his/her permanent residence in Cyprus, at the time of the application’s submission;
- Is at least 21 years old;
- Has not been convicted for a moral offence or inherent moral obscenity, which at the discretion of the Board makes him/her unfit to register as a food scientists or food technologists;
- Holds a degree or other equivalent qualification in the field of food scientist or food technologist of any country, as the Council shall by notification published in the Gazette as a recognized qualification for the purposes of the ‘Registration of Food Scientists and Dietitians Law’ (N. 31(I)/96);
- Is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists in the United States of America or licensed (licentiate) or associate member (associate member) or partner (fellow member) of the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Great Britain or any other similar State and recognized/ certified institute.
Where to Apply
The application for entry of a member in the register of Food Scientists and Food Technologists can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: http://www.moh.gov.cy, http://www.cydadiet.org
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- Copy of Birth Certificate or copy of Identity Card or copy of Passport;
- Certified copy of a relevant Degree/Diploma/Certificate;
- Certified copy of the transcript of the above mentioned Degree/Diploma/Certificate;
- Certified copy of a membership registration to professional body recognized by the Association;
- Certified documentation for practical experience as a Food Scientist or/and Food Technologist (self-employed or employee);
- Original Certificate of Clear Criminal Record;
- Payment of registration fee of €50.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
The registration fee is €50.
The renewal fee is €35.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within three months from the date from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted and a Registration Certificate is sent only with approval.
Licence Validity Period
The Certificate of Registration is valid for one year from the date of issue.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
A person who is not satisfied by a Council decision may, within twenty (20) days of the date on which the Council’s decision is notified to him/her, challenge that decision by written Administrative Action to the Minister of Health; this provision is regulated in the Health Professionals Registration Councils (Exercise of Hierarchical Administrative Action) Law of 2017.
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
What are my Obligations
Registered Dietitians, Clinical Dietitians, Food Scientists and Food Technologists are obliged to comply with the provisions of the ‘Registration of Food Scientists and Dietitians Law’ (N. 31(I)/96), the relevant Bylaws as well as the Code of Ethics, as periodically amended.
Indicatively, professional members should comply with the following:
- Offer satisfactory and detailed information in a simple and understandable manner to enable the client/patient form his/her own decision;
- Present the client with substantiated information and interpret controversial information without any bias recognizing that opinions vary;
- Protect confidential information regarding their clients and guarantee, as far as possible, full confidentiality without any limitation;
- Offer professional services with objectivity and with respect to the unique needs and values of their client;
- Offer professional services in a manner sensitive to the educational and social level of the client without discriminating against others on the basis of sex, nationality, religion, economic and social classes or a person’s disability;
- Not allow sexual harassment towards themselves and strictly refrain from such behavior in relation to their clients/patients;
- Although the fee charged to clients can be set freely, dietitians should not claim an exorbitant fee to a degree of profiteering.
The Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientists, Food Technologists and Dietitians is the delegated body to exercise disciplinary control and impose disciplinary penalties, such as the deletion of a registered chemist from the registry.