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About Us

River Tees Port Health Authority represents the four riparian authorities of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Middlesbrough Borough Council and Hartlepool Borough Council. The Authority is managed by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and is based at offices in Guisborough.

The River Tees Port Sanitary Authority was first constituted by an Order of the Local Government Board in 1886. The present Authority was established by The River Tees Port Health Authority Order 1982, which defines the port health district over which the joint board has jurisdiction.

The aims of River Tees Port Health Authority are;

  • To ensure food, feed and relevant products entering the UK through Teesport have been legally imported and comply with relevant import controls.
  • To fulfil the requirements of the port’s status as a ‘Designated Point of Import’ (DPI) for aflatoxin control and a ‘First Point of Introduction’ for plastic kitchenware.
  • To monitor hygiene and environmental standards on vessels entering Teesport and ensure they comply with international hygiene and pollution laws. In particular, conditions are not prejudicial to the health or wellbeing of people onboard ships.
  • To ensure the risk of communicable infectious diseases is effectively managed and controlled.

The objectives of River Tees Port Health Authority;

  • To carry out comprehensive manifest and documentary checks relating to third country food and feed.
  • To carry out a risk-based programme of identity and physical checks, including sampling, to ensure that all food, feed and relevant products imported through Teesport are safe and comply with legal requirements.
  • To ensure that importers and shipping agents are kept informed of import restrictions, changes in legislation and new guidance.
  • To carry out a risk-based approach to the inspection of ships and respond to all requests for ship sanitation certificates.
  • To ensure that conditions onboard ships are hygienic, in particular, food preparation and storage, pest control, communicable disease control, and international pollution prevention.
  • To investigate and reduce the incidence of food poisoning and food-borne disease at the port and on ships entering the port.
  • To monitor the wholesomeness and sufficiency of water supplies at the port and onboard ships entering the port.


Export Certification
Water Sampling
High Risk Products
Aflatoxin Risk Products
Plastic Kitchenware Imports
Organic Imports


The River Tees Port Health Authority Order 2016
RTPHA Enforcement Policy 2018
RTPHA Service Plan 2018/19
Constitution June 2018

In this section


Annual meeting agenda 07/06/19
Board meeting agenda 01/03/2019
Risk Management Strategy 2019 – 2020
Service Plan 2019
Sampling Policy 2019
Enforcement Policy 2019
MOU 2019
Constitution 2019
Notice of exercise of rights accounts 2018 – 2019
The River Tees Port Health Authority Order 2016