Select Committee on Science and Technology Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 1

THE PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

The Public Health Medicine Environmental Group (PHMEG) was founded in the early 1980s. Currently, there are over 200 members most of whom are Consultants in Communicable Disease Control (CsCDC) or Consultant Epidemiologists. In addition, other specialists working in the field of public health protection are encouraged to join.

The aims of the group are:

(a) To promote interest in communicable disease control, environmental health and other aspects of the work of Consultants in Communicable Disease Control and other epidemiologists and specialists working to protect the public health.

(b) To facilitate contributions and developments in the field of public health protection by establishing and maintaining a list of members with special expertise.

(c) To provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on public health protection, including communicable disease control, environmental health and emergency planning and response.

(d) To be a source of expert comment and authoritative advice on policy, consultative documents and development of new guidelines.

(e) To act as an expert advisory group to the Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FPHM) in the specialist area of health protection.

(f) To establish and apply standards for communicable disease control, environmental health and other aspects of health protection.

(g) To facilitate and undertake audit and research.

(h) To represent the views of CsCDC and other specialists in the health protection field.

PHMEG Executive  

Members working in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic and each of the regions in England elect a representative to the Executive. The Executive meets quarterly and between meetings corresponds with members through a closed electronic e-mail system. This ensures that members participate actively in all PHMEG discussions and decisions.

The PHMEG organises several scientific meetings annually, and is one of the co-organisers of the annual UK and Ireland conference on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Hazards.

Dr Ruth Gelletlie

President PHMEG

Dr Philip Monk

Vice-President PHMEG

14 October 2002


 
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