The Commission is responsible for making proposals to, and shall be consulted by, the Directors-General of FAO and WHO on all matters pertaining to the implementation of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme, the purpose of which is:
a. To protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade;
b. to promote coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations;
c. to determine priorities, to initiate and guide the preparation of draft standards through, and with, the aid of appropriate organizations;
d. to finalize standards elaborated under (c) above and, after acceptance by Governments, publish them in a Codex Alimentarius either as regional or worldwide standards together with international standards already finalized by other Bodies under (b) above, wherever practicable;
e. to amend published standards after appropriate survey in the light of development.