Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS)

FAO/WHO ID No:CX-733
Reference:CX/FICS
Terms of Reference:(a) to develop principles and guidelines for food import and export inspection and certification systems with a view to harmonising methods and procedures which protect the health of consumers, ensure fair trading practices and facilitate international trade in foodstuffs;
(b) to develop principles and guidelines for the application of measures by the competent authorities of exporting and importing countries to provide assurance where necessary that foodstuffs comply with requirements, especially statutory health requirements;
(c) to develop guidelines for the utilisation, as and when appropriate, of quality assurance systems to ensure that foodstuffs conform with requirements and to promote the recognition of these systems in facilitating trade in food products under bilateral/multilateral arrangements by countries;
(d) to develop guidelines and criteria with respect to format, declarations and language of such official certificates as countries may require with a view towards international harmonization;
(e) to make recommendations for information exchange in relation to food import/export control;
(f) to consult as necessary with other international groups working on matters related to food inspection and certification systems; and,
(g) to consider other matters assigned to it by the Commission in relation to food inspection and certification systems.
Quality assurance means all those planned and systematic actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that a product or service will satisfy given requirements for quality (ISO-8402 Quality - Vocabulary)
Status:Active
Host:Australia

Related Meetings

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CCFICS14Melbourne
Australia
28/11/200502/12/2005Agenda:
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CCFICS13Melbourne
Australia
06/12/200410/12/2004Agenda:
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CCFICS12Brisbane
Australia
01/12/200305/12/2003Agenda:
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CCFICS11Adelaide
Australia
02/12/200206/12/2002Agenda:
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CCFICS9Perth
Australia
11/12/200015/12/2000Agenda:
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CCFICS10Brisbane
Australia
25/02/200201/03/2002Agenda:
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CCFICS1Camberra
Australia
21/09/199225/09/1992Agenda:
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CCFICS2Camberra
Australia
29/11/199303/12/1993Agenda:
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CCFICS4Sydney
Australia
19/02/199623/02/1996Agenda:
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CCFICS6Melbourne
Australia
23/02/199827/02/1998Agenda:
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CCFICS5Sydney
Australia
17/02/199721/02/1997Agenda:
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CCFICS7Melbourne
Australia
22/02/199926/02/1999Agenda:
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CCFICS8Adelaide
Australia
21/02/200025/02/2000Agenda:
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CCFICS3Camberra
Australia
27/02/199503/03/1995Agenda:
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CCFICS15Mar del Plata
Argentina
06/11/200610/11/2006Agenda:
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CCFICS18Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Australia
01/03/201005/03/2010Agenda:
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CCFICS19Cairns
Australia
17/10/201121/10/2011Agenda:
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CCFICS20Chiang-Mai
Thailand
18/02/201322/02/2013Agenda:
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CCFICS17Cebu
Philippines
24/11/200828/11/2008Agenda:
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CCFICS16Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Australia
26/11/200730/11/2007Agenda:
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CCFICS22Melbourne
Australia
06/02/201612/02/2016Agenda:
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CCFICS21Brisbane
Australia
13/10/201417/10/2014Agenda:
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CCFICS23Mexico City
Mexico
01/05/201705/05/2017Agenda:
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CCFICS24TBA
23/04/201827/04/2018Agenda:
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Related Standards

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CAC/GL 19-1995Principles and Guidelines for the Exchange of Information in Food Safety Emergency SituationsCCFICS2016
CAC/GL 20-1995Principles for Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification CCFICS1995
CAC/GL 60-2006Principles for Traceability / Product Tracing as a Tool Within a Food Inspection and Certification SystemCCFICS2006
CAC/GL 25-1997Guidelines for the Exchange of Information between Countries on Rejections of Imported FoodsCCFICS2016
CAC/GL 26-1997Guidelines for the Design, Operation, Assessment and Accreditation of Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification SystemsCCFICS2010
CAC/GL 34-1999Guidelines for the Development of Equivalence Agreements Regarding Food Imports and Export Inspection and Certification SystemsCCFICS1999
CAC/GL 38-2001Guidelines for Design, Production, Issuance and Use of Generic Official CertificatesCCFICS2009
CAC/GL 53-2003Guidelines on the Judgement of Equivalence of Sanitary Measures associated with Food Inspection and Certification SystemsCCFICS2008
CAC/GL 47-2003Guidelines for Food Import Control SystemsCCFICS2006
CAC/GL 82-2013Principles and Guidelines for National Food Control Systems CCFICS2013
CAC/GL 89-2016Principles and guidelines for the exchange of information between importing and exporting countries to support the trade in foodCCFICS2016

E-Working Groups list

Title (click for details) Committee Lang Host CO-host Reg. deadline Closing date Status Links
Project document for new work on guidance on the use of systems equivalence CCFICS 23 English New Zealand CHL,USA
Project document for new work on guidance on regulatory approaches to third party assurance schemes in food safety and fair practices in the food trade CCFICS 23 English United Kingdom CAN,MEX
Project document for new work on guidance on paperless use of electronic certificates CCFICS 23 English Netherlands Australia

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