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Becoming a Codex Observer

The application process

  • IGOs that have no official relations with either FAO or WHO should fill in the application form. The application will be examined by the Codex Secretariat and the legal offices of FAO and WHO. In the process further questions may be asked of the applicant.
  • NGOs that have no official relations with either FAO or WHO should fill in the application form and submit related information as requested in the form. The organization should study the text on NGO participation before applying to check if it fulfils the criteria. The application will be examined by the Codex Secretariat and the legal offices of FAO and WHO as well as the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Executive Committee then makes a recommendation on the application to the Directors General of FAO and WHO.
  • IGOs or NGOs that have official relations with either FAO or WHO should fill in the application form and Observer status will be granted.

The Procedural Manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is intended to help Members Governments participate effectively in the work of the joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The manual is particularly useful for national delegation attending Codex meeting and for internationals organizations attending as observers. It sets out the basic Rules of Procedures, procedures for the elaboration of Codex standards and related texts, basic definitions and guidelines for the operation of Codex committees and also gives the membership of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

To access previous Previous versions of the Procedural Manual please contact the Codex Secretariat: codex@fao.org