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Codex Alimentarius Commission
08/11/2021 - 18/11/2021 | Virtual,


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to convene physical meetings in 2021 and, in line with the agreement of CAC43, Codex subsidiary bodies and CCEXEC have been held virtually in 2021. FAO and WHO have determined that it is not possible to plan CAC44 as a physical session in 2021 and proposed that like CAC43, CAC44 be held virtually, subject to the endorsement of two-thirds of the Members of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Following the endorsement by more than two thirds of the Members of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the 44th Session of the Commission (CAC44) will now be convened virtually. The virtual session of the Commission has been enabled by the agreement of the Membership to the suspension of Certain Rules of Procedure, details of which can be downloaded here. Members also endorsed the proposal to conduct elections by secret ballot through in-person voting by appointment in Geneva.

Additional dates have been added to facilitate the virtual discussions. CAC44 will meet in plenary to discuss the agenda items on 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 November 2021, 12.00-15.00 CET.
Adoption of the report will take place on 17 and 18 November 2021, 12.00-15.00 CET.

Arrangements for voting are currently under preparation and will be communicated to Members in due course.


All participants should provide their information (names and addresses) through the online registration system by accessing the link below, latest by 9 October 2021.

Special note for Members:

In registering your delegation for CAC44 please indicate the individual in the delegation who will serve as your Voting Delegate and the individual who will serve as your Alternate Voting Delegate, noting that these individuals will need to be physically present in Geneva during the dates of the Commission in order to vote in the elections (e.g. individuals based at the Embassy or Permanent Mission in Geneva). Please use the drop-down menu for “Specific Role” in the online Registration Form to indicate this. Further information on the logistical arrangements for voting will be forthcoming. In the case of Members that do not have Representation in Geneva, the Codex Secretariat will be in contact regarding the options available for participation in the elections.


The Codex Secretariat has prepared guidance for members and observers to facilitate the smooth running of CAC44. This guidance is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. For more information see the Information for Delegates webpage.

Information event on CAC44

A webinar was held on 21 July 2021 to give countries an update on plans for (CAC44).
Download the webinar audio: English, French, Spanish and read the related news item here.
An informal survey of participants to the webinar on the challenges and benefits of virtual working and considerations for future meetings of codex is available here.

Questions and Answers based on queries arising during the webinar on the endorsement process and the related logistics are available here.

Related documents

ItemDescriptionUpload date
Document Reference
1Provisional Agenda09/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/1
8.1New food sources and production systems: need for Codex attention and guidance?10/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/15 Add.1
8.2New FAO food safety strategy 2022-2031 – update of the status10/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/15 Add.2
3Amendments to the Procedural Manual10/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/2
4.4Work from the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) for adoption or approval by the Commission 15/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/6
8.4Codex Trust Fund: lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic10/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/15 Add.4
8.3WHO global strategy for Food Safety 2022-2030 - update of status10/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/15 add.3
13.1FAO and WHO Capacity Development Activities 13/09/2021
CAC/44 INF/1
13.3Activities of the Codex Trust Fund14/09/2021
CAC/44 INF/3
4.3Work from the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) for adoption or approval by the Commission15/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/5
8Matters arising from FAO and WHO15/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/15
4.2Work from the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) for adoption or approval by the Commission15/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/4
4.1Work from the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) for adoption or approval by the Commission10/09/2021
CX/CAC 21/44/3
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