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Health Security Committee (HSC)

The EU Health Security Committee was set up in 2001 at the request of EU Health Ministers as an informal advisory group on health security at European level. In 2013 Decision 1082/2013/EU formalised and strengthened its role. The Committee is mandated to reinforce the coordination and sharing of best practice and information on national preparedness activities. Member States also consult each other within the Committee with a view to coordinating national responses to serious cross border threats to health, including events declared a public health emergency of international concern by World Health Organisation in accordance with the International Health Regulations. The Committee further deliberates on communication messages to health care professionals and the public in order to provide consistent and coherent information adapted to Member States' needs and circumstances. It is chaired by a representative of the Commission, which also provides the secretariat.

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List of authorities to which the representatives in the Health Security Committee belong


Austria – Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer ProtectionItaly - Ministry of Health
Belgium - Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and EnvironmentLatvia - State Emergency Medical Center
Bulgaria - Ministry of Health + National Center of Infectious and Parasitic DiseasesLithuania - Ministry of Health + Health Emergency Situations Centre
Croatia – National Institute of Public HealthLuxembourg - Ministry of Health
Cyprus - Ministry of HealthMalta - Ministry of Health - Office of the Superintendence Public Health
Czechia - Ministry of Health + National institute of public healthNetherlands - Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Denmark - Danish Health AuthorityPoland - Chief Sanitary Inspectorate
Estonia - Health Board + Ministry of Social AffairsPortugal - Directorate-General of Health
Finland - Ministry of Social Affairs and HealthRomania - Ministry of Health + National Institute for Public Health
France – Ministry of HealthSlovakia - Public Health Authority
Germany - Federal Ministry of HealthSlovenia - Ministry of Health
Greece - National Public Health OrganizationSpain - Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equity
Hungary - Ministry of Human CapacitiesSweden - Ministry of Health and Social Affairs + Public Health Agency + National Board of Health and Welfare
Ireland - Department of Health 


Iceland - Directorate of HealthSerbia - Ministry of Health
Liechtenstein - Office for Public HealthTürkiye - Turkish Public Health Institution
Norway - Ministry of Health and Care Service + Norwegian Institute of Public Health