Meet the Occupier: UK Health Security Agency


Next in our meet the occupier series is the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), an official government agency that is responsible for protecting England’s public from a range of health threats, including diseases associated with the consumption of food and water.

UKHSA provides food, water and environmental microbiology testing services to local authorities, the NHS and commercial customers to ensure that food and water is microbiologically safe and to assist during the investigation of outbreaks of food and waterborne disease, and this testing is done on our campus.

Formerly known as the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and then Public Health England (PHE), the organisation relocated its northern base to York Biotech Campus in 2012.

When the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak hit England, the government realised it needed more resources to support health...