Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/978/6.1 16 October 20061
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978 Meeting, 25 October 2006
6 Social cohesion


6.1 Transfer of the Programme “Health care and quality standards” to an existing partial agreement

Prepared by GR-SOC on 9.10.2006

Reference documents
GR-SOC(2006)6; GR-SOC(2006)6 add; GR-SOC(2006)8; GR-SOC(2006)10; GR-SOC(2006)CB5

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Action:
To adopt the relevant decisions concerning the transfer of the Programme Health care and quality standards” to the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM).

1. At its meeting of 9 October 2006, the Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions examined the draft decisions on the transfer of this programme to the EDQM.

2. The majority of delegations in the GR-SOC stated that the principle of the transfer was difficult to accept, but that in view of the budgetary situation and in a spirit of consensus they were willing to accept that the programme relating to blood transfusion and organ transplantation be moved to the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM). Several delegations stressed that they expected similar priority to be given to the programme once transferred to the partial agreement on the EDQM, and that ethical and legal aspects would not be neglected in the new structure. One delegation expressed his authorities' continued opposition to the transfer.

3. A specific question concerned the issue of the reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses for the members of the new committees, which partial agreements did not usually provide for. The Secretariat explained to the Group that this question would be addressed at a later stage, in the framework of discussions on the mandates of the new committees.

4. One delegation referred to the possibility that these activities could be taken over by another international organisation, namely the World Health Organisation. This solution had been proposed by the delegation’s Minister for Health in a letter to the Chairman of WHO/Europe dated September 8, copied to the Secretary General, and would be discussed by the WHO. The Group took note of this information.

5. The Group agreed to transmit the draft decisions as they appear in the Notes on the agenda of the meeting (GR-SOC(2006)10) to the Deputies, for adoption at their 978th meeting.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

978th meeting – 25 October 2006

Item 6.1

Transfer of the Programme “Health care and quality standards” to an existing partial agreement
(GR-SOC(2006)6; GR-SOC(2006)6 add; GR-SOC(2006)8); GR-SOC(2006)10; GR-SOC(2006)CB5

Decisions

A. The Deputies decided to discontinue the programme on Health Care and Quality Standards within the Ordinary Budget and to recommend the States Parties participating in the work of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) to carry forward this programme within the EDQM;

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

1. agreed to the transfer of the programme on Health Care and Quality Standards to the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines;

2. noted that the budgetary implications of the transfer would be discussed, and the relevant decisions taken, in the framework of the examination of the 2007 draft budgets for the European Pharmacopoeia and its Subsidiary Budget – Biological Standardisation, on the understanding that this would not give rise to an increase in members states‘ contributions;

3. invited the Secretariat to prepare draft terms of reference for two new committees on blood transfusion and on organ transplantation, for examination by the GR-SOC at a forthcoming meeting.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey and United Kingdom.


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