1031st meeting – 2 July 2008

Item 6.1

Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field –
Transfer of activities related to cosmetics and food packaging to the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care (EDQM) and dissolution of the Partial Agreement
(CM(2008)43, CM/Del/Dec/1012/11.1/Part 13, GR-SOC(2008)CB4)

Decisions

A. The Deputies, in their composition restricted to Representatives of the States members of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field,1

1. took note of the Secretariat memorandum on the possibility of undertaking the activities related to cosmetics, nutrition, food packaging and flavourings in the framework of another partial agreement (document CM(2008)43);

2. decided to discontinue the activities related to cosmetics, nutrition, food packaging and flavourings, within the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field as of 1 January 2009;

3. decided to dissolve the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field as of 1 January 2009;

B. The Deputies

1. took note of the decision to dissolve the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field as of 1 January 2009;

2. recommended the states2 participating in the work of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care (EDQM) to carry forward the activities related to cosmetics and food packaging, hitherto carried out in the framework of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, within the EDQM as from 1 January 2009;

3. invited the Secretary General to contact the European Food Safety Authority in order to discuss with this institution the possibility of incorporating in its future work programme the « acquis » of the Council of Europe in the field of nutrition, in particular those activities related to food supplements based on plants;

C. The Deputies, in their composition restricted to Representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia,2

1. took note of the Secretariat memorandum on the possibility of undertaking the activities related to cosmetics, nutrition, food packaging and flavourings in the framework of another partial agreement (document CM(2008)43);

2. agreed to the transfer of the activities related to cosmetics and food packaging to the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care (EDQM) as of 1 January 2009;

3. noted that the administrative and budgetary implications of the transfer would be discussed, and the relevant decisions taken, in the framework of the examination of the 2009 draft budgets for the European Pharmacopoeia and its subsidiary budgets, on the understanding that this would not give rise to an increase in members states’ contributions;

4. entrusted the Secretariat with the task of drafting new terms of reference for the Consumer Health Protection Committee (CD-P-SC) to reflect the new source of its terms of reference, its new programme of activities dealing no longer with nutrition but only with cosmetics and food packaging.

Note 1 States concerned: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

2 States concerned : Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, 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 and United Kingdom.


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