Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

Business of Joint Committee

9:35 am

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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I remind members and those in the Gallery to turn off their mobile telephones or to put them on aeroplane mode for the duration of the meeting, as they interfere with the broadcasting of proceedings and it is unfair to staff. Before we commence our main topic of discussion this morning, which is the meeting with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, we have two items relating to EU scrutiny to deal with in public session. First, we will deal with the proposal as listed in Schedule B. It is proposed that the proposal in Schedule B does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.

In Schedule A, COM (2013) 472 contains a proposal for regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on fees payable to the European Medicines Agency for the conduct of pharmacovigilance activities in respect of medicinal products for human use. It is proposed that this proposal warrants further scrutiny. It is proposed to write to the Department of Health requesting it to outline the results of the Department's public consultation in order to assist the committee in its scrutiny of the proposal. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Before we commence in public session I pay tribute to Colm Duffy, a member of our staff who is being transferred to a different section. I thank Colm for his work on behalf of all committee members for the past two years and wish him every success. I welcome Luke Brennan to the committee secretariat.