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Background & Work Programme

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Since 1st January 2009, the EDQM has been engaged in efforts to strengthen consumer health protection in Europe, with a focus on the safe use and quality of cosmetics and food contact materials.

The Consumer Health Protection Committee (CD-P-SC) is in charge of the management of the work programme. It has two groups of experts that examine health-related matters and prepare reports and recommendations concerning regulatory approaches: the Committee of Experts on Food Contact Materials (P-SC-EMB) and the Committee of Experts on Cosmetic Products (P-SC-COS).

Terms of reference for their respective work have been established by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers


Who is involved?

The CD-P-SC and its subordinate bodies are composed of representatives of the State Parties to the Convention on the elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia with expertise and responsibility for the implementation of national consumer health protection policies and programmes.

The CD-P-SC and its subordinate bodies co-operate closely with equivalent bodies in other international institutions; in particular the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).



The work of the Council of Europe in the area of public health started in 1959 with the Partial Agreement (18 member states) in the social and public health field. In 2008, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers decided to dissolve this Partial Agreement and to transfer the activities related to cosmetics and food contact materials to the EDQM.


Latest developments

Read about the latest developments in EDQM activities in the field of consumer health protection:

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