The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin TD established the Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health in April 2004. The Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health and its sub-committees have broad representation from areas such as dentistry, biochemistry, toxicology, environmental health and public health medicine. The Expert Body also has a strong consumer input in terms of members of the public and representatives of consumer interests. The sub-committees of the Expert Body may also co-opt members as the need arises.
Dr Seamus O’Hickey was appointed Chairman of the Expert Body by the Minister, his appointment was announced in the Dáil on the 7th April 2004.