The National Patient Organisation Standing Committee program (NPOSC) was developed out of a need for leadership and to demonstrate best-practice in community engagement in health. The purpose of NPOSC is to provide a platform for community-based organisations to consider and make recommendations on matters of strategic importance, relevant to national health systems,that relate to patient engagement in health policy and program development.

A Standing Committee has been established in Australia, and once ICCDR is established in Geneva, additional county Standing Committees will be established. The concept is that in countries across the world, ICCDR will establish national Standing Committees comprised of patient organisations and support them in providing the aforementioned platform to consider and make recommendations on matters of strategic importance, relevant to national health systems. Each National Standing Committee will also help decision-makers find solutions to issues affecting stakeholders. To this end, each Committee will be a valuable resource for decision-makers to effectively engage with patient organisations working directly with grassroots communities, to understand their most urgent needs and what they would recommend for future patients. Collectively, the National Standing Committee’s will convene as a global coalition of patient organisations to work with international organisation and permanent missions in Geneva.