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Mission statement (public health)

Committees of the Partial Agreement – scetion Public Health :

Consumer Health Protection Committee, CD-P-SC (Steering Committee) (former Public Health Committee, CD-P-SP)

Committee of experts on materials coming into contact with food (P-SC-CDA)

Ad hoc Groups of the Committee of experts:
- Ad hoc Group on safety evaluation of food contact substances
- Ad hoc Group on recycled fibres
- Ad hoc Group on test conditions for paper and board
- Ad hoc Group on tissue papers
- Ad hoc Group on packaging inks
- Ad hoc Group on coatings
- Ad hoc Group on cork
- Ad hoc Group on rubber
- Ad hoc Group on lead leaching from glass

Committee of experts on nutrition, food and consumer health (P-SC-NU)

Ad hoc Groups of the Committee of experts:
- Ad hoc Group on nutrition in schools
- Ad hoc Group on food supplements
- Ad hoc Group on stored product protection

Committee of experts on flavouring substances (P-SP-AR)

Committee of experts on cosmetic products (P-SC-CO)

Committee of experts on pharmaceutical questions (P-SP-PH)

▪ Committee of experts on medicines subject to prescription (P-SP-PHO)

Terms of reference of committees of experts

The overall aim of the Council of Europe Partial Agreement public health activities is to raise the level of health protection of consumers and food in its widest sense.

The terms of reference of the committees of experts relate to precise problems related to the various topics.

The representatives of the Partial Agreement member states and delegates of the committees of experts are both experts in their respective fields and responsible for the implementation of government policies in their national ministries.

The Commission of the European Union has a particular status of participation.

European industry branch associations are not entitled to send representatives to the meetings of the committees of experts. They may be represented at the level of the ad hoc groups, which are advisory bodies to the committees of experts. Ad hoc groups are not entitled to take formal decisions.

Hearings are regularly organised between the committees of experts and the European industry branch associations on specific questions related to the work programme.

Main tasks of the committees of experts

Elaboration of resolutions

Resolutions elaborated by the committees of experts are approved by the Public Health Committee and adopted by the Committee of Ministers1;

They have to be considered as statements of policy or statements for national policy makers of the Partial Agreement member states to be taken into account in the national laws and regulations on the respective subject, with the view of harmonising regulations at European level.

Resolutions lay down in particular the field of application, specifications and restrictions.

If necessary, they are amended in order to update their content.

Elaboration of guidelines

Guidelines, set out in Technical documents, are approved by the Committee of experts and adopted by the Public Health Committee. They are not submitted to the Committee of Ministers.

They have to be considered as requirements to be taken into account in the context of resolutions or as models for the implementation of national policies.

They provide practical guidance for the application of resolutions and/or lay down technical and/or scientific specifications.

If necessary, guidelines are amended in the light of technical or scientific developments of manufacturing processes and techniques.

Typical examples of guidelines are:

- List of substances to be used for the manufacture of the products

- Test conditions and methods of analysis

- Good manufacturing practices (GMP)

Elaboration of opinions

On request by the Committee of Ministers and/or the Public Health Committee, the committees of experts elaborate opinions on specific questions related to the work programme.

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The Committee of Ministers is the Council of Europe’s political decision-making body. It comprises the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the forty-five member states, or their permanent diplomatic representatives in Strasbourg. It monitors member states’ compliance with their undertakings. Resolutions of the Partial Agreement in the social and public health field are adopted by the Committee of Ministers restricted to Representatives of the member states of the Partial Agreement.