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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:
Report:
CCFICS12Brisbane
Australia
01/12/200305/12/2003Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS11Adelaide
Australia
02/12/200206/12/2002Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS9Perth
Australia
11/12/200015/12/2000Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS10Brisbane
Australia
25/02/200201/03/2002Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS1Canberra
Australia
21/09/199225/09/1992Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS2Canberra
Australia
29/11/199303/12/1993Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS4Sydney
Australia
19/02/199623/02/1996Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS6Melbourne
Australia
23/02/199827/02/1998Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS5Sydney
Australia
17/02/199721/02/1997Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS7Melbourne
Australia
22/02/199926/02/1999Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS8Adelaide
Australia
21/02/200025/02/2000Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS3Canberra
Australia
27/02/199503/03/1995Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS15Mar del Plata
Argentina
06/11/200610/11/2006Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS18Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Australia
01/03/201005/03/2010Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS19Cairns
Australia
17/10/201121/10/2011Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS20Chiang-Mai
Thailand
18/02/201322/02/2013Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS17Cebu
Philippines
24/11/200828/11/2008Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS16Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Australia
26/11/200730/11/2007Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS22Melbourne
Australia
06/02/201612/02/2016Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS21Brisbane
Australia
13/10/201417/10/2014Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS23Mexico City
Mexico
01/05/201705/05/2017Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS24Brisbane
Australia
22/10/201826/10/2018Agenda:
Report:
CCFICS25TBA
Australia
27/04/202001/05/2020Agenda:
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Related Standards

Reference Title Committee Last modified
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CXG 19-1995Principles and Guidelines for the Exchange of Information in Food Safety Emergency SituationsCCFICS2016
CXG 20-1995Principles for Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification CCFICS1995
CXG 60-2006Principles for Traceability / Product Tracing as a Tool Within a Food Inspection and Certification SystemCCFICS2006
CXG 25-1997Guidelines for the Exchange of Information between Countries on Rejections of Imported FoodsCCFICS2016
CXG 26-1997Guidelines for the Design, Operation, Assessment and Accreditation of Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification SystemsCCFICS2010
CXG 34-1999Guidelines for the Development of Equivalence Agreements Regarding Food Imports and Export Inspection and Certification SystemsCCFICS1999
CXG 38-2001Guidelines for Design, Production, Issuance and Use of Generic Official CertificatesCCFICS2009
CXG 53-2003Guidelines on the Judgement of Equivalence of Sanitary Measures associated with Food Inspection and Certification SystemsCCFICS2008
CXG 47-2003Guidelines for Food Import Control SystemsCCFICS2006
CXG 82-2013Principles and Guidelines for National Food Control Systems CCFICS2013
CXG 89-2016Principles and guidelines for the exchange of information between importing and exporting countries to support the trade in foodCCFICS2016
CXG 91-2017Principles and Guidelines for Monitoring the Performance of National Food Control SystemsCCFICS2017

Related Electronic Working Groups

Title (click for details) Committee Lang Host CO-host Reg. deadline Closing date Status Links
EWG on CCFICS proposed draft guidance on paperless use of electronic certificates CCFICS 24 English Netherlands Australia 12/04/2019 25/10/2019 Active Invitation Forum
DRAFT PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE ASSESSMENT AND USE OF VOLUNTARY THIRD-PARTY ASSURANCE CCFICS 24 English, Spanish United Kingdom CAN,MEX 28/02/2019 Active Invitation Forum
EWG on CCFICS Food Fraud CCFICS 24 English United States of America EUR,IRN 19/02/2019 01/10/2019 Active Invitation Forum
EWG on Guidelines on recognition and maintenance of equivalence of National Food Control Systems (NFCS) CCFICS 24 English New Zealand CHL,USA 21/01/2019 27/01/2020 Active Invitation Forum
Guidance on regulatory approaches to third party assurance schemes in food safety and fair practices in the food trade (new work) CCFICS 23 English United Kingdom CAN,MEX 18/09/2017 30/04/2018 Closed Invitation
EWG on Food Integrity and Food Authenticity CCFICS 23 English Iran (Islamic Republic of) CAN,EUR 31/08/2017 30/04/2018 Closed Invitation Forum
Guidance on the use of systems equivalence (new work) CCFICS 23 English, Spanish New Zealand CHL,USA 21/08/2017 30/04/2018 Closed Invitation
Guidance on paperless use of electronic certificates (new work) CCFICS 23 English Netherlands Australia 01/08/2017 31/05/2018 Closed Invitation Forum

Related Circular Letters

Code Issued Title Deadline EN FR ES AR ZH RU
CL 2010/05-FICS02/10Distribution of the Report of the Eighteenth Session of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certificacion Systems (ALINORM 10/33/30)29/04/2010
CL 2011/05-FICS02/11Request for proposals for future work for the CCFICS (for consideration by the 19th CCFICS – Cairn31/08/2011
CL 2012/27-FICS08/12CCFICS Questionnaire on how to Assess and Manage the Performance of National Food Control Systems01/11/2012
CL 2013/04-FICS01/13Distribution of the Report of the Twentieth Session of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (REP13/FICS)30/05/2013
CL 2016/03-FICS02/16Distribution of the report of the Twenty-second Session of the Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (REP16/FICS)31/05/2016
CL 2016/26/OCS-FICS07/16Request for Comments at Step 6 on the Draft Guidance for Monitoring the Performance of National Food Control Systems31/01/2017
CL 2017/51/OCS-FICS05/17Request for comments at Step 8 on the draft principles and guidelines for monitoring the performance of national food control systems15/06/2017
CL 2018/51/OCS-FICS08/18Request for Comments at Step 3 on the Proposed Draft Guidance on the use of Systems Equivalence28/09/2018
CL 2018/52/OCS-FICS08/18Request for Comments at Step 3 on the Proposed Draft Guidance on Paperless Use of electronic certificates 28/09/2018
CL 2018/53/OCS-FICS08/18Request for Comments at Step 3 on the proposed draft guidance on regulatory approaches to third party assurance schemes in food safety and fair practices in the food trade28/09/2018
CL 2018/96/OCS-FICS12/18Request for Comments at Step 5 on the Draft Principles and Guidelines for the assessment and use of voluntary Third-Party Assurance (vTPA) programmes 31/05/2019

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