National Environmental Health Association

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The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) had its origins in the state of California where it was incorporated in 1937. The impetus behind it was the desire by professionals to establish a standard of excellence for this developing profession. This standard, which has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian credential. NEHA currently serves 5,000 members. NEHA publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health. NEHA is governed by a 14-member board of directors and benefits from various committees and technical advisors who serve as subject matter experts.

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Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a Town Hall meeting with top officials from the FDA, USDA and CDC. Visit www.foodsafetysummit.com to register. Application deadline next week…