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, 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.
The work of the Expert Body is to identify and implement the necessary measures to ensure that this vital element of public health policy is delivered in line with the Forum’s Recommendations and that the systems employed to give effect to these are sound, transparent, and meet the highest standards of quality assurance and accountability.
The Dental Health Foundation (DHF) has agreed to act as the Secretariat to the Expert Body.
In this role the DHF will provide support to the Expert Body in the organisation of meetings; the development of the work agenda and the management and co-ordination of research initiatives; and the duties associated with the implementation of decisions taken by the Expert Body.