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Licensure, Compliance, and Performance Evaluation

This Program oversees the examination and licensure of Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists in accordance with N.J.S.A. 26 and Licensure of Persons for Public Health Position, N.J.A.C. 8.7; and coordinates enforcement actions to assure compliance with licensure requirements and Public Health Practice Standards of Performance, N.J.A.C. 8:52.

This program conducts all monitoring and evaluation of local health departments, and promotes the national voluntary accreditation of New Jersey public health departments (state and local).

Public Health Licensing and Examination Board

The New Jersey Public Health Licensing and Examination Board (PHLEB) derives its authority from N.J.A.C. 8:7, Licensure of Persons for Public Health Positions. With the exception of the Chair, the term for each member is two years with a maximum of three consecutive terms.

Meetings of the PHLEB are held on an as need basis – to discuss and decide disciplinary matters, review amendments to the rules, conduct examinations for the licensing of Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists.

The Public Health Licensing and Examination Board (Board) reviews and evaluates each candidate’s application for admission to the Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist licensing examination. Based upon the qualifications of the candidate, the Board approves or denies such candidate’s entrance to the examination. The Board also recommends corrective actions necessary to be taken by applicants in order to qualify for the examinations.

The Board also acts as an advisory body to the Department regarding matters relevant to education, examination, and licensure of Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists.

Appropriate disciplinary action is taken by the Board in the case of infractions by Health Officers or Registered Environmental Health Specialists of any provisions of N.J.S.A. 26, various sections of N.J.A.C. 8, or any other State statutes and administrative rules that define the scope and practice of local health agencies.

Standards for continuing education of licensees are established by the Board. These standards include the number and type of continuing education credits required of a licensee as a condition of license renewal and acceptable subject matter and content for accredited continuing education.

The Board advises the Commissioner regarding the standards for Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist licenses, on the application and enforcement of this Chapter.

Finally, the Board interviews candidates for licensure as Health Officers or Registered Environmental Health Specialists as necessary and conducts examinations for the licensing of Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists.

The Board is composed if 11 members who are appointed by the Commissioner:

  • The Chair is a member of the Department and represents the Commissioner.

  • Three members are Health Officers licensed by the Department who hold active Health Officers licenses, are in good standing, have practiced for a minimum of five (5) years with a local health agency as a Health Officer, and are recommended to the Commissioner by the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Health Officers Association.

  • Three members are Registered Environmental Health Specialists licensed by the Department who hold active Registered Environmental Health Specialist licenses, are in good standing, have practiced with a local health agency for a minimum of five (5) years as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, and are recommended to the Commissioner by the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Environmental Health Association.

  • One member of the Board shall be the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or his or her designee.
    Ø One member of the Board shall be the Chair of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission or his or her designee.

  • One member of the Board shall be a health professions educator.

  • One member of the Board shall be a consumer representative.



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