Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) took over the functions of the Health Protection Agency (formerly known as the Public Health Laboratory Service) in relation to foodborne disease outbreak investigation and studies of the microbiological quality of foods in April 2003.

Its main role is to provide an integrated approach to protecting UK public health through the provision of support and advice to the NHS, local authorities, emergency services, other Arms Length Bodies, the Department of Health and the Devolved Administrations. PHE was established as a special health authority (SpHA) in 2003.

PHE has 4 regions:

The London regional team is both an integrated region and a centre.


PHE publishes the journal Health Protection Report (HPR) and makes input into Eurosurveillance.

Now discontinued journals include useful historic information about incidents and outbreaks:

PHE also publishes Standards for Microbiology Investigations including: