Legal mandate

The basis for the work of the Federal Joint Committee is the German Social Code, Book Five (SGB V), which defines the health policy framework in which the Federal Joint Committee operates. The directives passed by the Federal Joint Committee are non-legislative norms, and are binding for all stakeholders in the statutory health insurance system.

The Federal Joint Committee is under the statutory supervision of the Federal Ministry of Health. In accordance with the requirements set forth in SGB V, all resolutions and directives passed by the Federal Joint Committee are audited by the Federal Ministry of Health, and then published in the Federal Gazette if no objections are found.

The Federal Joint Committee is not a subordinate agency of the Federal Ministry of Health; it is a discrete public legal entity.