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Core Functions of Codex Contact Points

The operation of Codex Contact Points will differ in each country depending on national legislation, government structures and practices.

Codex Contact Points:

1. Act as the link between the Codex Secretariat and Member countries;

2. Coordinate all relevant Codex activities within their own countries;

3. Receive all Codex final texts (standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other advisory texts) and working documents of Codex sessions and ensure that they are circulated to those concerned within their own countries;

4. Send comments on Codex documents or proposals to the Codex Alimentarius Commission or its subsidiary bodies and/or the Codex Secretariat;

5. Work in close cooperation with the national Codex committee, where such a committee has been established. The Codex Contact Point acts as the liaison point with the food industry, consumers, traders and all other concerned to ensure that the government is provided with an appropriate balance of policy and technical advice upon which to base decisions relating to issues raised in the context of the Codex work;

6. Act as a channel for the exchange of information and coordination of activities with other Codex Members;

7. Receive the invitation to Codex sessions and inform the relevant chairpersons and the Codex Secretariat of the names of participants from their own countries;

8. Maintain a library of Codex final texts; and

9. Promote Codex activities throughout their own countries.


Subsidiary Bodies


Contact Points


Contents of this Section

This Section contains factual information about the Codex Alimentarius Commission, including a list of the Commission’s Sessions and sessions of the Executive Committee.

The list of the Commission’s Subsidiary Bodies gives the Terms of Reference of all Codex Committees established under Rule IX.1 of the Commission’s Rules of Procedure. Each body (including the Commission and the Executive Committee) is also identified by its unique reference code used in all official correspondence. The meetings of each Committee are listed. The structure of the Commission’s subsidiary bodies is shown diagrammatically on the inside back cover.

The countries which form the Commission’s Membership are listed (as of July 1999) together with a list of the national Codex Contact Points. These lists are subject to frequent changes. The Secretariat of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme provides up-dated information at regular intervals.

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