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What are the comment categories in the OCS?

The classification of comments and their definitions are below:

⋅ EDITORIAL: This type of comment clarifies or simplifies the text without changing the meaning. This includes spelling or grammatical corrections, suggestions of different but equivalent words, and simplification of sentence structure.

⋅ SUBSTANTIVE: This type of comment takes into account conceptual changes and the addition of new aspects or ideas. This class of comments contains additions or extensions as well as changes, reorganization of the text or deletions resulting in alteration of the content of a sentence / paragraph / section of the draft. It is that this point is addressed in the revision process in some way.

⋅ TECHNICAL: This type of comment takes into account scientific corrections and technical adjustments. It aims at further clarification and improvement of the standard and sometimes at conformity with other standards from the technical viewpoint. These comments are incorporated unless there is disagreement or some misunderstanding.

⋅ TRANSLATION: This type of comment corrects points that are considered to be inaccurately translated into another language version of the text.

General comments can also be sent to comment on the draft document overall.

Online Commenting

The OCS, or Online Commenting System, is an online tool that Codex members and observers can use to insert, share, and submit their comments in a safe and secure online [...]

Online Commenting

The OCS can be used by the member states of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, as well as by observers – IGOs, NGOs and Observers – that participate in the Codex [...]

Online Commenting

The OCS ensures confidentiality and safe submission of comments by the official Codex contact points. It implements a common commenting format and it facilitates inclusivity in the Codex standard setting [...]

Online Commenting

In order to log in, users must possess a Username and Password that have been assigned by Codex Secretariat. To apply for Username and Password, please contact the Codex Secretariat [...]

Online Commenting

The classification of comments and their definitions are below: ⋅ EDITORIAL: This type of comment clarifies or simplifies the text without changing the meaning. This includes spelling or grammatical corrections, suggestions [...]

Online Commenting

You can go to the OCS at https://ocs.codexalimentarius.org/ and select “Contact Us: here” at the bottom of the page, or send an email to Codex-OCS@fao.org. More information about the Codex OCS [...]