The work of the Council is supported by a secretariat, with a scientific and an administrative staff.
Scientific staff members prepare the advisory reports: they conduct literature searches and advice the Board on the committee composition. During the advisory process they support the committee as scientific secretaries and draw up draft reports. Also editors belong to the scientific staff. They make the advisory reports easy to read and write the press releases and other texts for the outside world.
The work of the Council, presidency, executive director and scientific staff is supported by the administrative staff. In order to be able to perform its task well, this staff has a number of units, from management assistance, finance, human resources management and information management to publication services.
The secretariat is headed by the Executive director, M.C. Kerkhof.