Oversight Forum on Drugs (OFD)

The OFD is chaired by the Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy.  The OFD meets quarterly to oversee progress in relation to the actions of the Strategy and to address any emerging issues.

The terms of reference of the OFD are:

  • To examine the progress of the NDS 2009-2016 across the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research in the context of the aims, priorities, actions and key performance indicators set out therein;
  • To address operational difficulties and blockages in implementing the NDS and agree on appropriate ways forward to overcome these difficulties;
  • To monitor progress on associated mainline services with a view to influencing outcomes;
  • To provide any reports on existing actions and details/rationale of future plans sought by the Minister of State, as chairperson of the Forum;
  • To consider developments in drugs policies, and in dealing with problem drug use generally, at EU and international level; and
  • To discuss and agree, as far as possible, on the approach to drugs issues at the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy.

The OFD comprises representatives from the key statutory Departments and agencies involved in the implementation of the Strategy, the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol, the community and voluntary sectors and representatives of the Chairs of the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces.  View the membership of the OFD below.

Membership of Oversight Forum on Drugs (OFD)

  • Departments of:
    • Health;
    • Justice and Equality;
    • Education and Skills;
    • Transport Tourism and Sport;
    • Social Protection; Foreign Affairs and Trade;
    • Children and Youth Affairs; and,
    • Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
  • The HSE;
  • An Garda Síochána;
  • The Irish Prison Service;
  • The Revenue and Customs Service;
  • The Local Drugs Task Forces;
  • The National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol and,
  • The Voluntary and Community Sectors are also represented on the Forum.