The Gulf Health Council in conjunction with the Executive Body operates from the headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The structure includes a Director General, who represents the Gulf Health Council at GCC Council meetings, and technical, financial and administrative staff. The agenda of Gulf Health Council emergency meetings is limited to urgent issues that need to be presented to the Executive Body. The Gulf Health Council prepares related reports and notes for each subject separately to be discussed together with the Executive Body recommendations.
The work of the Gulf Health Council:
The Gulf Health Council works to monitor the implementation of resolutions , recommend plans and programs, coordinate council meetings, oversee the creation and implementation of joint projects, follow up the activities of technical and advisory committees, supervise the preparation of studies and research as approved by the Council, draft regulations, take financial and administrative decisions, prepare the annual draft and final budget of the Council, organize the Executive Body meetings, maintain a unified pharmaceutical policy and procurement policy, coordinate internationally and regionally endorsed regulations and resolutions, and prepare ad-hoc and annual reports on the activities and achievements of the Gulf Health Council.
Functions of the Council
1- Set and develop health strategies, policies and regulations aimed at developing health services in GCC Member States.
2 - Coordinate, integrate and increase cooperation between the GCC Member States concerning a variety of health disciplines.
3. Work to combat communicable diseases within GCC Member States.
4. Protect Member States from imported infectious diseases and to harmonize related regulations.
5. Consolidate Member State positions in international forums and strengthen relations with relevant regional and international organizations.
6 - Depict a unified drug policy for the region to ensure the control of imported medicine, and to prepare for the creation pharmaceutical and medical industries in GCC Member States to achieve self-sufficiency for the Council States.
7- Achieve coordination and integration of the unified drug procurement , the central registration , and drug pricing as well as expansion to include other medical needs .
8- Encourage studies and joint research, as well as provide health care recommendations and technical advice to GCC Member States in the health fields to serve the Council objectives .
9. Approve the Executive plans and programs to carry out health care studies and research in health problems and control of endemic and chronic diseases, promote health awareness, and protect environment safety in GCC Member States.
10. Establish technical committees to undertake studies and research, as well as implement such programs as approved by the Council.
11- Approve the draft annual budget of the Council and approve the final accounts for the year-end.
12 - Foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas in medical health education and training to achieve a standardized education system in GCC Member States colleges and institutes of health.
The Gulf Health Council holds in conjunction with the meeting of the Ministerial Committee. The attendance at Gulf Health Council meetings is limited to GCC Ministers of Health. Each Health Minister may delegate a representative of his State to the meetings if there are circumstances preventing his attendance. Ministers of Health from GCC countries may be accompanied by a number of members amongst whom may be a Member of the Executive Body of the State. The Presidency of the Council rotates on an annual basis.
a- The Council holds an ordinary annual meeting in October of each year in one of the GCC Member States. The annual year of the Council begins in January and ends on the last day of December of the same year. The host State of each year's annual meeting shall determine the place and date of the meeting in coordination with the Director General of the Gulf Health Council.
b- An emergency meeting of the Council may be convened to discuss emergency matters at the request of one State and supported by two Member States of the Council or at the request of the Director General with the approval of the President. The date and place of the emergency meeting will be determined in consultation between the President and the Director General. During an emergency meeting, the Council shall not consider topics other than those on the agenda of the emergency meeting.
c-Attendance at Council meetings is restricted to Ministers of Health or their representatives, the Director General and the Secretariat. The Council, upon the approval of the President, may invite representatives of other Arab and international countries and organizations to participate as observers without voting rights.
Invitations to attend Council meetings are sent by the Minister of Health of the host State at least two months prior to the date of the meeting. In the event of an emergency meeting, the official invitation is sent before a reasonable time of the meeting.
The agenda of the Council's meetings must include:
•Report of the Director General on the Council's recent activities, and the action taken to implement the decisions and recommendations of the Council at previous meetings.
• Reports of the technical committees.
• Proposals by Member States to the Council's Executive Body.
• Technical, financial and administrative matters which the Director General deems necessary to be presented to the Executive Body.
• The year end accounts and the report of the auditors on the budget for the financial year, and the draft budget of the Health Council.
Meetings and decision-making
a- The Council's meetings are considered valid where a majority of its members (two-thirds of the members) are present. Decisions of the Council are decided on by a vote by members present. If there is a tie vote, the side voted on by the President shall prevail. The meetings of the Council are held in public unless the Council decides to make them confidential.
b- Each Member State has one vote in the Council meetings. The Member State in arrears in its payments towards the Council's budget for two previous financial years is not entitled to vote.
The chairmanship of the ordinary and emergency meetings of the Council is by the President, and the Chairman declares the opening, closing and ending of meetings, the closing of the debate as well as ensures that meeting rules are followed, that the Council follows the meeting agenda, puts forward proposals for votes and administers votes, announces the resolutions passed, instructs committees to study the issues, and formulates recommendations and decisions.