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Effective participation in Codex

Delegate at Codex meeting ┃ © FAO  / Roberto Sciotti
Ensuring effective participation in Codex

The Codex Alimentarius provides a collection of food standards, guidelines and codes of practice recognized by the World Trade Organization as the “benchmark” standards for national food safety regulations.

These science-based standards are adopted through global consensus forming the basis for international food trade.

Support developing countries effective participation in Codex

The legitimacy and universality of Codex standards depend on the effective participation of all Codex members.

FAO's food safety capacity development activities support the ability of developing countries and countries in transition to participate more effectively in Codex.

Many training programmes have been implemented using FAO/WHO training packages to strengthen knowledge of Codex rules and procedures and improve national planning for Codex participation and preparedness of Codex delegations.

The FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund complements capacity building efforts by providing direct support to Codex delegates from approximately 130 low and lowermiddle-income countries.

FAO works closely on the planning and implementation of Codex Trust Fund funded events and activities to build capacity for effective participation in Codex (including translation of Codex standards to national legislation and standards) and on scientific issues. 

Codex e-Learning course

"Enhancing participation in Codex activities" explains the organization, management and procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) and its subsidiary bodies.

The course describes the scientific basis for Codex standards provided by the FAO/WHO program on the provision of scientific advice.

It also provides guidance on developing national Codex structures and activities in order to enhance effectiveness of all Codex members.