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Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems
22/03/2021 - 26/03/2021 | TBA,

Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems / meeting cancelled

Due to the exceptional circumstances related to the the COVID-19 outbreak, this meeting has been cancelled.

Information regarding how work will continue and when the next meeting will take place will be published as soon as it becomes available.

Update 1 April 2020

The deadline for replies to requests for comments through Circular Letters CL 2020/01/OCS-FICS; CL 2020/02/OCS-FICS; CL 2020/03/OCS-FICS; CL 2020/26/OCS-FICS has been extended to 1 May 2020.

Update 6 April 2020

The EWGs will continue to work as necessary under the terms of reference established by CCFICS24 and report to the next session of the committee.
Preliminary comments received by end of March, will be sent to the EWG Chairpersons to facilitate the update of the draft Codex texts or discussion papers as well as planning for the next steps of the EWG work.

Update 29/4/2020

The session has been rescheduled to take place from 22-26 March 2021, venue to be confirmed.

Further updates will be published here as soon as they become available.


The documents listed below are kept on the webpage to facilitate submission of comments and information in reply to circular letters. They may be further revised based on the replies submitted to these CLs and further considered in the EWGs with a view to their submission to the Codex Secretariat towards the end of 2020 for consideration by CCFICS25.

The list of CLs relevant to CCFICS25 is available here.


All participants should provide their information (names and addresses) through the online registration system by accessing the link below, latest by 22 February 2021.

Registrations that has been made prior to the rescheduling of the sessions have been kept.

Login and password for the online registration have been provided to all Codex Contact Points and Contact Point of Observers Organizations.
If the login and password have not been received, please contact [email protected].

Related documents

ItemDescriptionUpload date
Document Reference
1Provisional Agenda15/10/2019
CX/FICS 20/25/1
6Proposed draft guidelines on recognition and maintenance of equivalence of National Food Control Systems (NFCS) 06/01/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/6
2Matters arising from the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its subsidiary bodies17/12/2019
CX/FICS 20/25/2
7Proposed Draft consolidated Codex Guidelines related to Equivalence12/02/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/7
5Proposed Draft Guidance on Paperless Use of Electronic Certificates - Revision to CXG 38-200117/02/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/5
4Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Assessment and Use of Voluntary Third-Party Assurance (vTPA) programmes10/02/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/4
8Discussion paper on the role of CCFICS with respect to tackling food fraud 20/02/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/8
3Information on activities of FAO and WHO and other International Organizations relevant to the work of CCFICS02/03/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/3
3.1Information from OIE24/02/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/3 Add.1
3.2Information from WCO, WTO and STDF02/03/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/3 Add.2
4.1Comments at Step 6 (in reply to CL/FICS 2019/93/OCS-FICS)21/01/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/4 Add.1
5.1Proposed draft guidance on paperless use of electronic certificates 28/09/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/5 Add.1
6.1Proposed draft guidelines on recognition and maintenance of equivalence of national food control systems (NFCS)26/09/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/6 Add.1
4.2Draft principles and guidelines for the assessment and use of voluntary third-party assurance (vTPA) programmes28/09/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/4 Add.2
7.1Proposed draft consolidated Codex Guidelines related to equivalence Comments at step 3 (in reply to cl 2020/03) 01/10/2020
CX/FICS 20/25/7 Add.1
0.1Information for Delegates CCFICS29/01/2020
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