Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin TD established the Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health in April 2004. In November 2017 the then Minister for Health Simon Harris appointed a new Expert Body for a term of 5 years.
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 its Terms of Reference 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) is the Secretariat to the Expert Body.
In this role the DHF provides 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.