1. The Sixth Session of the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission was held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 4–14 March 1969. The session was attended by 225 participants including the representatives and observers of 47 countries, and observers from 30 international organizations (see Appendix I for List of Participants).
2. The Sixth Session of the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission was convened by the Directors-General of FAO and WHO, and the Deputy Director-General of WHO, Dr. P. Dorolle, addressed the meeting on behalf of both Directors-General with a speech of welcome.
3. The Deputy Director-General recalled the establishment of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and was pleased to see that the Codex Alimentarius Commission now had 63 Member Countries. He welcomed the new Members and underlined the importance which WHO attached to the work of the Programme, particularly in the public health field. He also stressed the excellent cooperation between WHO and FAO in the work of the Programme and other related activities.
4. The Commission was presided over by its Chairman, Mr. J.H.V. Davies (United Kingdom) and its three Vice-Chairmen, Mr. I.H. Smith (Australia), Mr. E. Mortensen (Denmark) and Prof. Dr. O. Högl (Switzerland). The Joint Secretaries were Mr. G.O. Kermode (FAO) and Dr. C. Agthe (WHO).
5. During the session, the Commission re-elected Mr. J.H.V. Davies (United Kingdom) as Chairman of the Commission to serve from the end of the Sixth Session until the end of the Seventh Session. The Commission also re-elected Mr. I.H. Smith (Australia), Mr. E. Mortensen (Denmark) and Professor Dr. O. Högl (Switzerland) as Vice-Chairmen of the Commission to serve from the end of the Sixth until the end of the Seventh Session of the Commission. The Commission also appointed Dr. R. Wildner (Austria) as Coordinator for Europe in accordance with Rules II.4(a) and II.4(b) to serve in that capacity for a further term until the end of the Ninth Session of the Commission.
6. Having agreed to amend Item 13 of the provisional agenda to delete reference to amendments to the Format of Codex Standards, since there were no amendments to the Format to consider, the Commission unanimously adopted the provisional agenda, as amended, without rearrangement of the items.