Codex Alimentarius Commission - Procedural Manual - Twelfth Edition













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Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme

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The Procedural manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is intended to help Member Governments participate effectively in the work of the joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The manual is particularly useful for national delegations attending Codex meetings and for international organizations attending Codex meetings and for international organizations attending as observers. It sets out the basic Rules of Procedure, procedures for the elaboration of Codex standards and related texts, general principles and guidelines for the acceptance of Codex standards by governments, basic definitions and guidelines for the operation of Codex committees. It also gives the membership of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the addresses of Codex contact points.


Table of Contents


Introduction

Statutes of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Rules of Procedure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Procedures for the Elaboration of Codex Standards and Related Texts

General Principles of the Codex Alimentarius

Guidelines for the Acceptance Procedure for Codex Standards

Definitions for the Purposes of the Codex Alimentarius

Guidelines for Codex Committees and Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Forces

Principles Concerning the Participation of International Non-Governmental Organizations in the Work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Criteria for the Establishment of Work Priorities

Criteria for the Establishment of Subsidiary Bodies of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Guidelines for the Inclusion of Specific Provisions in Codex Standards and Related Texts

Uniform System of References for Codex Documents

Format for Codex Commodity Standards

Relations between Commodity Committees and General Committees

Core Functions of Codex Contact Points

Sessions of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Sessions of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Subsidiary Bodies of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Membership of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Codex Contact Points

Appendix: General Decisions Of The Commission