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Health Committee
Mr. Chris Mullin   
(United Kingdom)
Bureau Members:   
Mr. Sean Lane   
Mr. Pedro Facon   
Dr. Francisco OVIEDO   
(Costa Rica)
Professor Lars SCHAADE   
Mr. Tokio OZAWA   
Costa Rica   
Czech Republic   
New Zealand   
Slovak Republic   
United Kingdom   
United States   
EU participation:   
The European Union (EU) takes part in the work of the OECD, in accordance with the Supplementary Protocol to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.   
Observers (International Organisations):   
Council of Europe (COE)   
International Social Security Association (ISSA)   
World Bank   
World Health Organization (WHO)   
Participation Plan   
Date of creation:
1st January 2007
31st December 2025

Mandate:       Resolution of the Council to renew and revise the mandate of the Health Committee up to 31 December 2022 as indicated in Annex to document [C(2017)111 and its CORR1], approved at its 1359th session on 26 October 2017 [C/M(2017)18, Item 188]; Resolution of the Council extending the mandate of the Health Committee up to 31 December 2025 [C(2022)196] and C/M(2022)23



Resolution of the Council [C(2022)196]



HAVING REGARD to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960; 

HAVING REGARD to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

HAVING REGARD to the Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD Bodies [C(2012)100/REV2/FINAL];

HAVING REGARD to the Resolution of the Council establishing the Health Committee [C(2006)175 and C/M(2006)20/PROV, Item 264], last revised in 2017 [C(2017)111 and C/M(2017)18, Item 188];

HAVING REGARD to the results of the In-depth Evaluation of the Health Committee [C(2016)6 and C/M(2016)5, Item 71];

HAVING REGARD to the proposed revision of the mandate of the Health Committee [C(2017)111], which reflects the direction provided by OECD Health Ministers in the Ministerial statement [DELSA/HEA/MIN(2017)3/REV1/FINAL];

RECOGNISING THAT good health is necessary for people to flourish as citizens, family members, workers and consumers, that improvements in health contribute to higher economic growth and improved welfare and that high-performing health systems are key to achieving better population health;

ACKNOWLEDGING THAT while the health sector represents a large and growing share of OECD economies, health systems will face important challenges in the future, in particular in view of ageing populations; changing lifestyles; and technical change;


A. The Health Committee (hereafter the “Committee”) is renewed with the following revised mandate:

I. Objectives

The overarching objective of the Health Committee shall be to foster improvements in the performance of Members and Partners health and long-term care systems in the following key areas:

i)Financial sustainability, access and efficiency of their health and long-term care systems;

ii)Better public health policies and health prevention and promotion initiatives; and

iii)The provision of high-quality, people-centred health and long-term care to all.

II. Working Methods

To achieve these objectives, the Committee shall:

i)   Assist policymakers in designing, adapting and implementing policies for achieving high-performing, people-centred health and long-term care systems.

ii)   Provide a forum for Members and Partners to share views and experiences on, and consider responses to, current and emerging health issues and challenges.

iii)   Steer and review progress of the work and its financial status, co-ordinate the work programmes of subsidiary bodies and receive regular reports from them to ensure analysis and policy recommendations are fully integrated and evaluated.

iv)   Further develop a body of health data; fill gaps in health data and analysis (e.g., on value for money in health systems, quality of care, ageing and health, health workforce and the governance of health technologies, pharmaceutical and medical devices).

v)   Undertake comparisons and economic analysis of health and long-term care systems, including disease prevention, health promotion and public health programmes bearing in mind the competences and mission of the OECD, and the fact there is no one ideal health system.

vi)   Promote co-operation across Members and Partners in developing health accounts on a consistent basis, and in other relevant health data and information sharing.

vii)   Develop and disseminate indicators of inputs, outputs and outcomes of health and long-term care systems.

viii)   Assess options for sustainable financing of efficient health and long-term care systems and for the performance of health and long-term care systems.

ix)   Undertake policy analysis and evaluation to identify people-centred, effective, efficient and high-quality policies and practices.

III. Coordination arrangements

In order to efficiently implement the aforementioned objectives, the Committee shall:

i)   Maintain close working relationships with other relevant bodies of the Organisation (particularly the Economic Policy Committee; the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee; the Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy; the Committee for Agriculture; the Committee on Digital Economy Policy; the Committee for Science and Technological Policy and its Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies; the Economic and Development Review Committee; the Development Centre) as well as the Nuclear Energy Agency, in order to: (i) be actively engaged in, co-ordinate and where appropriate lead horizontal work; (ii) complement and support work that other bodies are leading; and (iii) ensure that other work of the OECD considers the impacts on health systems.

ii)   Maintain, as appropriate, relations with other international organisations and entities, particularly the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Council of Europe and the International Social Security Association (which all have observer status in the Committee), seeking to achieve non-duplicative, co-ordinated and complementary work programmes in areas of shared interest and mutual benefit, conducting joint projects where appropriate and ensuring that the experience and expertise of other bodies is appropriately incorporated into the Committee’s work on health.

iii)   Ensure, as appropriate, that the views and expertise of non-governmental organisations are drawn upon in the conduct of OECD's health work, utilising, inter alia, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) and contacts with relevant non-governmental organisations, including organisations representing patients and health professionals, and outside experts.

iv)   Work with Partners on issues where such co-operation is mutually beneficial, promoting the sharing of the health data systems and the expertise, information and policy experiences.

B. The mandate of the Health Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2025.


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