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CM(2008)124 16 September 20081
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1038 Meeting, 15 October 2008
6 Social cohesion


6.1 Consumer Health Protection Committee (CD-P-SC)

(Partial Agreement)
Abridged report of the 1st session (Strasbourg, 12 June 2008)

Item to be prepared by the GR-SOC at its meeting on 9 October 2008

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Items for information

1. The Consumer Health Protection Committee (CD-P-SC) (Partial Agreement) held its 1st meeting in Strasbourg on 12 June 2008 with the participation of the representatives of 9 out of 16 member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field (Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).

Adoption of the agenda

2. The agenda was adopted.

Election of the Chair and the Vice-Chair

3. The Committee unanimously elected Ms Vlasta Mocnik Drnovsek (Slovenia) as Chair and Mr Henk Roelfzema (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair. Their terms of office will end on 31 December 2008 which corresponds to the expiry date of the terms of reference of this Committee.

Information on the decisions of the Committee of Ministers

4. The Committee took note of the decisions by the Ministers’ Deputies, in their composition restricted to Representatives of the states members of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, to adopt at the 1017th meeting on 6 February 2008, the terms of reference for the Consumer Health Protection Committee (CD-P-SC) that succeeds the Public Health Committee (CD-P-SP).

5. The Committee took note also of the decisions by the Ministers’ Deputies, in their composition restricted to the states members of the Partial agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, to adopt at the 1018th meeting on 20 February 2008, Resolution ResAP(2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up that had been elaborated under the aegis of the Public Health Committee (CD-P-SP).

6. The Secretariat reported on recent developments concerning the future of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field and its activities, namely, the proposals to dissolve the Partial Agreement, to discontinue activities in the field of nutrition and to transfer activities in the field of cosmetic products and food contact materials to the European Directorate of the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM, European Pharmacopoeia).

7. Ms Susanne Keitel, Director of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care (EDQM) said that EDQM was willing to welcome these new activities and that they were prepared to integrate the activities into the existing working structures. She pointed out that the proposed transfer would have the advantage of a larger framework of 37 Parties2 to the Convention on the elaboration of the European Pharmacopoeia. While ensuring continuity of these activities, synergies should be identified between new and existing activities of the European Pharmacopoeia in the pharmaceutical field and experiences and expertise shared. EDQM was a suitable platform for co-operation between European member states and stakeholders to establish policies that ensure the product quality the protection of the health of the consumer.

Terms of reference of subordinate bodies and working programmes

8. The Chair recalled that the terms of reference of subordinate bodies of the former Public Health Committee (CD-P-SP) expired on 31 December 2007.

9. In the light of the proposals for the future of the Partial Agreement3, the CD-P-SC decided to provide subordinate bodies in the fields of nutrition, including compounds used in and on food, and cosmetic products with terms of reference with an expiry date of 31 December 2008.

10. Furthermore, the CD-P-SC decided to give priority to the finalisation of projects that had been initiated under the aegis of the former Public Health Committee (CD-P-SP). To this end, the Expert Committees on cosmetic products (P-SC-CO) and on food contact materials (P-SC-CDA) may hold one two-day meeting in 2008. The Committee on nutrition, food and consumer health (P-SC-NU) may hold at least one meeting, or, if necessary for the finalisation of the work, two two-day meetings in 2008.

11. The CD-P-SC instructed the Expert Committees to start no new projects this year but to identify possible topics for future work that can be proposed to the new Steering Committee in the framework of the European Pharmacopoeia with 37 members in the event of a positive decision concerning the transfer of activities.

12. Documents that have been finalised by the members of the Expert Committees should be submitted to the CD-P-SC to decide on their publication or any other purpose.

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

13. With respect to the preservation of cosmetic products, a survey on the microbiological status of different product categories had been completed and the corresponding report had been prepared and circulated for comments. The CD-P-SC instructed the experts to finalise this report and to make proposals for appropriate follow-up.

14. Resolution ResAP(2008)1 recommends the elaboration of a positive list of substances that are safe to use in tattoos and permanent make-up. Furthermore, the negative list of substances that shall not be used in tattoos and permanent make-up will need to be revised to include substances that had not been considered when the existing Resolution was drafted. The CD-P-SC instructed the Committee to make proposals on how to organise the safety evaluation of substances concerned.

15. The CD-P-SC adopted the new terms of reference of the P-SC-CO (see Annex 1).

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

16. In the field of nutrition, food and consumer health, the CD-P-SC took note of the information on the most advanced project, namely, the stocktaking exercise with respect to “Sustained prevention and control of iodine deficiency in Europe”. The CD-P-SC instructed the experts to finalise this document.

17. The CD-P-SC also noted that a guidance document on “Nutrition in care homes and home care” was under preparation based on results of a forum that had been organised by Belgium on this topic in 2007. These activities were much appreciated and the CD-P-SC instructed the experts to examine the feasibility to finalise the latter document before the end of 2008.

18. The CD-P-SC adopted the new terms of reference of the P-SC-NU (see Annex 2).

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

19. The CD-P-SC took note of the progress made in revising the Guidelines on Metals and Alloys used as Food Contact Materials (first issued on 13 February 2002) and instructed the experts to finalise it before the end of 2008.

20. The CD-P-SC took note of the P-SC-CDA’s activity to compile and update inventory lists of substances used in the production of materials destined to enter into contact with food. The CD-P-SC instructed the experts to make practical proposals for the risk evaluation of substances concerned in an expert network that should be established.

21. The CD-P-SC adopted the new terms of reference of P-SC-CDA (see Annex 3).

    Future meetings

22. The CD-P-SC decided not to meet again this year.

Appendix 1

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

1. Name of Committee: Committee of experts on cosmetic products (partial agreement) (P-SC-CO)

2. Type of Committee: Committee by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996

3. Source of terms of reference: Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial Agreement)
(CD-P-SC)

4. Terms of reference:

    a. To finalise the projects that had been initiated under the aegis of the Public Health Committee (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-SP).

    b. To make proposals for practical arrangements for evaluating substances used in tattoos and permanent make-up.

    c. To identify possible topics for future work in line with the proposals concerning the future of activities related to cosmetic products.

    The above mentioned tasks may imply the elaboration of (or proposals for) resolutions, guidelines, toxicological reports and methods, with a view to evaluating potential risks and to proposing relevant measures to ensure adequate health protection and consumer safety in the field of cosmetic products.

    The scope also includes products applied intra-dermally for aesthetic and/or decorative purposes and other related borderline products not necessarily falling under the definition of a cosmetic product as given in the EEC Cosmetics Directive. Products classified as medicinal products or medical devices are excluded from the terms of reference of this Committee of experts.

5. Membership of the Committee:

a. States whose governments are entitled to appoint members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

b. Number of members per state whose travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe budget: -

c. Qualifications desirable in members: specialists in this field

6. Other participants: European Commission

7. Observers:

Unanimous agreement of the Committee's member states and authorisation by the Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-SC) are required.

a. Member states of the Council of Europe: Czech Republic

b. States not members of the Council of Europe: -

c. International governmental organisations: -

d. International non-governmental organisations: -

8. Structure and working methods:

a. The Committee or its Chair may seek, within the limits of budgetary appropriations, the advice of experts. These experts may, at the request of the Committee or its Chair, take part in the work of the Committee.

b. The Committee may consult, by means of hearings or by any other means, any organisation or association, not belonging to any Council of Europe committee, specialist in the field of Cosmetics.

9. Duration of terms of reference:

      These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2008.

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Appendix 2

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

1. Name of Committee: Committee of experts on nutrition, food and consumer health (Partial Agreement) (P-SC-NU)

2. Type of Committee: Committee by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996

3. Source of terms of reference: Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial Agreement)
(CD-P-SC)

4. Terms of reference:

    In the light of the proposals concerning the future of activities related to nutrition, food and consumer health:

    a. To finalise the project that had been initiated under the aegis of the Public Health Committee (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-SP), namely the document on “Sustained prevention and control of iodine deficiency in Europe”.

    b. To examine the feasibility to finalise before the end of 2008 the guidance document on nutrition in care homes and home care based on the results of the corresponding forum held in Belgium in 2007; if feasible, to finalise the guidance document.

5. Membership of the Committee:

a. States whose governments are entitled to appoint members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

b. Number of members per state whose travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe budget: -

c. Qualifications desirable in members: specialists in this field

6. Other participants: European Commission

7. Observers:

Unanimous agreement of the Committee's member states and authorisation by the Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-SC) are required.

a. Member states of the Council of Europe:

b. States not members of the Council of Europe: -

c. International governmental organizations: World Health Organization (WHO)

d. International non-governmental organisations: -

8. Structure and working methods:

a. The Committee or its Chair may seek, within the limits of budgetary appropriations, the advice of experts. These experts may, at the request of the Committee or its Chair, take part in the work of the Committee.

b. The Committee may consult, by means of hearings or by any other means, any organisation or association, not belonging to any Council of Europe committee, specialist in the field of nutrition, food and consumer health.

9. Duration of terms of reference:

      These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2008.

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Appendix 3

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

1. Name of Committee: Committee of experts on materials coming into contact with food (Partial Agreement) (P-SC-CDA)

2. Type of Committee: Committee by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996

3. Source of terms of reference: Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial Agreement)

                      (CD-P-SC)

4. Terms of reference:

    a. To finalise projects that had been initiated under the aegis of the Public Health Committee (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-SP), in particular, the revision of the guidelines on metals and alloys.

    b. To make proposals for practical arrangements for evaluating substances in the inventory lists of policy statements for different materials coming into contact with food. This would be undertaken in a network of risk assessment experts to be established in involved member states.

      The above mentioned tasks may imply the elaboration of (or proposals for) and amendments to Resolutions and related technical documents, such as guidelines for effective risk management and lists of substances used in the manufacture of food contact materials. Many of these substances have not been evaluated so far for their safety.

    In the absence of specific EU Regulatory provisions (existing or in development), the documents elaborated by this Committee are intended for use by member states as a basis for the preparation of or transposition into national legislation or as reference for the enforcement of the general safety clause provided in Article 3 of EU Framework Regulation 2004/1935 on Food Contact Materials.

    They may also serve as reference for stakeholders (including the packaging industry, food industry and consumers) to demonstrate compliance with national legislation and to ensure the safety of food and the protection of consumers.

5. Membership of the Committee:

a. States whose governments are entitled to appoint members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

b. Number of members per state whose travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe budget: -

c. Qualifications desirable in members: specialists in this field

6. Other participants: European Commission

7. Observers:

                  Unanimous agreement of the Committee's member states and authorisation by the Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-SC) are required

a. Member states of the Council of Europe:

b. States not members of the Council of Europe: -

c. International governmental organisations: World Health Organization (WHO)

d. International non-governmental organisations: -

8. Structure and working methods:

a. The Committee or its Chair may seek, within the limits of budgetary appropriations, the advice of experts. These experts may, at the request of the Committee or its Chair, take part in the work of the Committee.

b. The Committee may consult, by means of hearings or by any other means, any organisation or association, not belonging to any Council of Europe committee, specialist in the field of materials coming into contact with food.

9. Duration of terms of reference:

      These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2008.

1 This document has been classified restricted until examination by the Committee of Ministers.

2 Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the European Union

3 Cf. decisions CM/Del/Dec(2008)1031/6.1 adopted on 2 July 2008.


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