Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/1031/6.1 4 June 20081
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1031 Meeting, 2 July 2008
6 Social cohesion


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 (EDQM) and dissolution of the Partial Agreement

Item prepared by the GR-SOC on 9 April 2008

Reference documents
CM(2008)43, CM/Del/Dec/1012/11.1/Part 13, GR-SOC(2008)CB4

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Action – Item proposed for adoption without debate

To adopt decisions concerning the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field

1. It is recalled that at their 1012th meeting on 27 November 2007, the Ministers’ Deputies, in their composition restricted to Representatives of the States members of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field,2 when approving the 2008 budget of this Partial Agreement, decided to continue three out of the four activities still being carried out under the Partial Agreement (cosmetics, food packaging and nutrition). In so doing, it also “invited the Secretariat to explore the possibility of undertaking the activities related to cosmetics, nutrition, food packaging and flavourings in the framework of another partial agreement in the light of comments from the CD-P-SP and with a view to taking a decision of principle before April 2008”.

2. As a follow-up to this decision, the Secretariat had prepared a memorandum setting out the results of its enquiries as to the possibility of the activities in question being undertaken in the framework of another partial agreement (CM(2008)43). The GR-SOC, at its meeting on 9 April 2008 (cf. GR-SOC(2008)CB4), examined this document together with draft decisions, which proposed, in essence, the discontinuation of activities within the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, the subsequent dissolution of the Partial Agreement, and the transfer of the activities related to cosmetics and food packaging to the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM).

3. Following discussions in the GR-SOC, a further informal consultation meeting open to all delegations took place on 3 June 2008, during which the decisions below were finalised. It was agreed that these could be submitted to the 1031st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies for adoption without further debate, unless any delegation subsequently requested otherwise.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

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 (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:3

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 states4 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:4

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 (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 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 States concerned: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Note 3 States concerned: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

4 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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