Health Security Committee
This body is used by the Commission to coordinate health-security measures in the EU. It was set up in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.
Over the years the Committee has established a solid base for preparedness activities, by:
- enabling EU governments to exchange information and evaluate health events
- functioning as a discussion forum that advises health ministers
- facilitating coordinated crisis response by EU governments.
Health Security Committee – priority issues & examples of activities
Health Security Committee – Members
The committee is composed of representatives from each national administration, the Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and other relevant Commission departments and agencies (e.g. ECDC, EMA).
Response to serious cross-border health threats
The Decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross-border threats to health gives the Health Security Committee a solid legal footing in co-ordinating preparedness.
It allows the Health Security Committee to decide quickly on the coordination of national responses, communication messages to the public and to the healthcare professionals.