Health protection (ships and aircraft) regulations

Closed 4 Oct 2013

Opened 25 Jul 2013


This consultation is on a set of reduced and consolidated regulations relating to ships and aircraft, to provide updated health protection powers and duties for use at England’s ports and airports, replacing the existing ships and aircraft regulations (known as the ’port health‘ regulations) made in 1979.  In summary, the proposed new regulations make updated provision for:


  • local and port health authorities to be responsible for carrying out health protection functions under the regulations
  • notification of possible infection or contamination on board an ship or an aircraft
  • risk assessment of people, including medical examination, and detention for that purpose if necessary 
  • risk assessment, including inspection, of an ship or an aircraft (and anything on board)
  • health measures such as disinfection or decontamination of an aircraft, a ship, or anything on board
  • a ship or an aircraft to be safely and conveniently located for risk assessment or health measures
  • ship sanitation inspections and certification
  • the collection of necessary information
  • notifying other countries of a risk where necessary
  • general powers to provide information and advice
  • charges for health measures, and
  • sanctions and penalties for non-compliance.

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation document sets out proposals for regulations to be made under the amended Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. This work takes forward the process started by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to modernise health protection legislation and implement the ’all hazards’ approach. The regulations also further implement the International Health Regulations 2005, to which the UK is a State Party.


  • Civil society
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Local authority
  • Members of the public


  • Infectious disease
  • Public health
  • Health protection