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.