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Title Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
Code CX-715
Sessions and documents

View documents of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Rule XI.1 (b) of the Rules of Procedure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Rules of Procedure

The Rules of Procedure of the Commission shall apply mutatis mutandis to its subsidiary bodies. (Rule XI.11)

Category Cat. 1
  • (a) To define the criteria appropriate to Codex Methods of Analysis and Sampling;
  • (b) to serve as a coordinating Body for Codex with other international groups working on methods of analysis and sampling and quality assurance systems for laboratories;
  • (c) to specify, on the basis of final recommendations submitted by the other Bodies referred to in (b) above, reference Methods of Analysis and Sampling appropriate to Codex Standards which are generally applicable to a number of foods;
  • (d) to consider, amend if necessary, and endorse, as appropriate, methods of analysis and sampling proposed by Codex (Commodity) Committees. The methods of analysis and sampling for pesticide residues or veterinary drugs in food, and the assessment of microbiological quality and safety in food and the assessment of specifications for food additives do not fall within the terms of reference of this Committee.
  • (e) to elaborate sampling plans and procedures, as may be required;
  • (f) to consider specific sampling and analysis problems submitted to it by the Commission or any of its Committees;
  • (g) to define procedures, protocols, guidelines or related texts for the assessment of food laboratory proficiency, as well as quality assurance systems for laboratories.

Open to all Members of the Commission.

Languages English, French and Spanish
Document symbol CX/MAS
Frequency of Sessions Every 18 to 24 months
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CODEX Alimentarius

First Session September 1965
Pattern of sessions 1965, 1966, 1968, twice in 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015