The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) provides evidence-based advice to the Chief Medical Officer and Department of Health on vaccines, immunisation and related health matters to inform health policies in Ireland. NIAC prepares this advice through extensive review of the latest clinical and scientific information.
NIAC’s work also includes:
- reviewing newly authorised vaccines and vaccine technologies and assessing their role in Ireland
- updating the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland
- answering queries from health care professionals and the Department of Health
- advocating for best immunisation practices.
These guidelines provide comprehensive and reliable information on immunisation for healthcare professionals and are available to the general public.
Membership includes people with broad expertise in areas including immunisation, public health, infectious diseases and ethics who are nominated by a range of healthcare professional organisations or are co-opted. There are two lay members.
NIAC reports directly to the RCPI Council.
Additional information on NIAC’s purpose, governance and responsibilities can be found in its Terms of Reference.