Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures
relating to Public Health
Outcome of discussions
Summary report of the
meeting held on 17 November 1997 in Brussels
List of Participants
Prof. V. Caporale, Prof. J.
Fink-Gremmels, Dr. R. Gilbert, Prof. J-L. Jouve, Prof. O.
Kaaden, Prof. A. Macri, Prof. A. Mantis, Prof. E. Nurmi,
Prof. A. Osterhaus, Prof. E. Quinto Fernandez, Dr. J.
Schlundt, Dr. I. Vagsholm, Prof. F. Van Knapen, Dr. D.
Vuitton, Prof. P. Willeberg
Dr. A. Johnston
Mr. B. Carsin, Mr. J. Kreysa, Mr. R.
Vanhoorde, Mr. A. Sanabria, Mr. B. Verleysen, Mr. A. Van
Vossel, DG XII
1. Adoption of the agenda.
The agenda was adopted.
2. Introduction from the
A Commission representative
congratulated and welcomed the members to the first meeting
of the Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures relating
to Public Health. It was explained that the main objective
of the meeting was to elect the office holders in order to
allow the Committee to commence its work. He described the
background to the establishment of the new scientific
committees. In particular he emphasized the heavy workload
for the members and also the need for as good an attendance
at meetings as possible.
The Commission also expanded on the
possible rules of procedure for the Committee. These would,
as far as possible, be harmonised between the various
committees. A draft would be prepared by the Commission in
the next few days and would be circulated to all members.
This would allow a detailed discussion on this topic at the
next meeting of the Committee.
The Commission also explained current
and possible future arrangements as regards payment of
expenses and allowances to the members of the Committee.
Members requested that they be supplied with an explanatory
document as soon as one was available.
3. Presentation of the Members of the
4. Election of Office Holders
Prof. Osterhaus was elected as
Prof. Osterhaus then took the
Dr Gilbert was elected as first Vice
Prof. Jouve was elected as second Vice
5. Discussion and adoption of Internal
Rules of Procedure.
Reference was made to the information
received from the Commission on this item earlier in the
meeting. It was noted that there was a considerable amount
of work to be done by the Committee in the future. The
rules of procedure will be discussed in more detail at the
next meeting of the Committee.
6. Work programme
It is foreseen to have 8 to 10 plenary
sessions a year and on average one working group per
A calendar for the plenary sessions in
1998 will be drafted at the next meeting (taking into
account the dates of the meetings of the Scientific
Steering Committee which meets for the first time on
21.11.97). In general terms the members opt for plenary
meetings on Mondays (avoiding the second Monday of a
month). It was agreed that meetings would start at 10.00 am
with 1 hour lunchbreak at around 12.30 and end at 5.15 pm
(thus allowing a maximum number of members to travel the
Next meeting of the Scientific Committee
on Veterinary measures relating to Public Health : 22
December 1997 (to be confirmed by the Commission).
7. Review and follow up of questions
put to the Committee
The Committee was informed about the
outstanding questions. The secretariat gave some additional
background information on the most important
The members were asked to reflect on the
most appropriate external experts to participate in various
ad hoc working groups.
There was a first exchange of views on
the request for a scientific review concerning the use of
antimicrobial treatments of poultry carcasses, in
particular trisodium monophosphates (TSP) and organic acids
(item 7a of the agenda). Prof. Jouve was requested to draft
a discussion paper on this matter for the next meeting ; he
invited the other members of the Committee to communicate
to him all possible useful information.
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