A National Public Health Emergency Team for COVID-19 was established on 27 January 2020 in the Department of Health, chaired by the Chief Medical Officer. The NPHET oversaw and provided national direction, guidance, support and expert advice on the development and implementation of a strategy to contain COVID-19 in Ireland.
The NPHET was the mechanism for coordinating the health sector response to significant public health emergencies. It facilitated the sharing of information between the Department of Health and its agencies. It provided a forum for agreement on strategic approaches to public health emergencies. This approach was in line with the advice of the World Health Organization.
Agendas and minutes of previous NPHET meetings are available below.
Directly following each meeting, the recommendations of the NPHET were communicated by letter to the Minister for Health for consideration, and these recommendations were used to assist Government in informing its decisions in responding to the public health emergency.