Codex Alimentarius Commission: Procedural Manual













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Tenth edition

Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Rome, 1997

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INTRODUCTION

SECTION I

STATUTES OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION

RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION

PROCEDURES FOR THE ELABORATION OF CODEX STANDARDS AND RELATED TEXTS

INTRODUCTION
PART 1: UNIFORM PROCEDURE FOR THE ELABORATION OF CODEX STANDARDS AND RELATED TEXTS
PART 2: UNIFORM ACCELERATED PROCEDURE FOR THE ELABORATION OF CODEX STANDARDS AND RELATED TEXTS
PART 3: SUBSEQUENT PROCEDURE CONCERNING PUBLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF CODEX STANDARDS
SUBSEQUENT PROCEDURE CONCERNING PUBLICATION, ACCEPTANCE AND POSSIBLE EXTENSION OF TERRITORIAL APPLICATION OF THE STANDARD
GUIDE TO THE CONSIDERATION OF STANDARDS AT STEP 8 OF THE PROCEDURE FOR THE ELABORATION OF CODEX STANDARDS INCLUDING CONSIDERATION OF ANY STATEMENTS RELATING TO ECONOMIC IMPACT
GUIDE TO THE PROCEDURE FOR THE REVISION AND AMENDMENT OF CODEX STANDARDS
ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE AMENDMENT OF CODEX STANDARDS ELABORATED BY CODEX COMMITTEES WHICH HAVE ADJOURNED SINE DIE

GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

PURPOSE OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
SCOPE OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
NATURE OF CODEX STANDARDS
ACCEPTANCE OF CODEX COMMODITY STANDARDS
ACCEPTANCE OF CODEX GENERAL STANDARDS
ACCEPTANCE OF CODEX MAXIMUM LIMITS FOR RESIDUES OF PESTICIDES AND VETERINARY DRUGS IN FOOD
WITHDRAWAL OR AMENDMENT OF ACCEPTANCE
REVISION OF CODEX STANDARDS

GUIDELINES FOR THE ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE FOR CODEX STANDARDS

THE IMPORTANCE OF A RESPONSE TO EVERY NOTIFICATION
THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS: NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR, OR ALTERNATIVE TO, REFERRING TO NATIONAL LEGISLATION
OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE
THE RETURN OF THE RESPONSE
THE NEED FOR AN INFORMED, RESPONSIBLE JUDGEMENT WHEN COMPARING THE CODEX STANDARD WITH NATIONAL LAWS
PRESUMPTIVE STANDARDS
FORMAT AND CONTENT OF CODEX STANDARDS

DEFINITIONS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

DEFINITIONS OF RISK ANALYSIS TERMS RELATED TO FOOD SAFETY

SECTION II

GUIDELINES FOR CODEX COMMITTEES

INTRODUCTION
COMPOSITION OF CODEX COMMITTEES
ORGANIZATION AND DUTIES
SESSIONS
REPORTS
DRAWING UP OF CODEX STANDARDS

GUIDELINES FOR THE INCLUSION OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS IN CODEX STANDARDS AND RELATED TEXTS

GUIDELINES ON THE ELABORATION AND/OR REVISION OF CODES OF HYGIENIC PRACTICE FOR SPECIFIC COMMODITIES
PRINCIPLES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CODEX METHODS OF ANALYSIS
ANALYTICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR CODEX USE
PRINCIPLES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OR SELECTION OF CODEX SAMPLING PROCEDURES

UNIFORM SYSTEM OF REFERENCES FOR CODEX DOCUMENTS

FORMAT FOR CODEX COMMODITY STANDARDS INCLUDING STANDARDS ELABORATED UNDER THE CODE OF PRINCIPLES CONCERNING MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS

INTRODUCTION
NOTES ON THE HEADINGS

CRITERIA FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WORK PRIORITIES AND FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUBSIDIARY BODIES OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION

NEW WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY EXISTING SUBSIDIARY BODIES
NEW WORK WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW SUBSIDIARY BODY

RELATIONS BETWEEN COMMODITY COMMITTEES AND GENERAL COMMITTEES

FOOD LABELLING
FOOD ADDITIVES AND CONTAMINANTS
FOOD HYGIENE
METHODS OF ANALYSIS AND SAMPLING
QUICK FROZEN FOODS

SECTION III

SESSIONS OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION

LIST OF SUBSIDIARY BODIES OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION

SUBSIDIARY BODY UNDER RULE IX.1(A)
SUBSIDIARY BODIES UNDER RULE IX.1(B)(I)
SUBSIDIARY BODIES UNDER RULE IX.1(B)(II)
JOINT ECE/CODEX ALIMENTARIUS GROUPS OF EXPERTS ON STANDARDIZATION

MEMBERS OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION

LIST OF CODEX CONTACT POINTS

APPENDIX: GENERAL DECISIONS OF THE COMMISSION