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The Codex Regions

There are six Codex regions each represented by a joint FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committee. Each committee is responsible for defining the problems and needs of the region concerning food standards and food control. By working collectively at the regional level countries are able to highlight regulatory issues and problems arising from food control in order to strengthen food control infrastructures.


Regional Coordinators as confirmed by the 43rd Commission in 2020

Top row: representatives of China, Ecuador, Uganda
Bottom row: Fiji, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia.


The regions can recommend to the Commission the development of global standards for products of interest to the region, including products considered by the Committee to have an international market potential in the future. Regions can also develops regional standards for food products moving exclusively or almost exclusively within a particular region.

Advisory Role

Regional committees can draw the attention of the Commission to any aspects of the Commission's work of particular significance to the region and promote coordination of all regional food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations within the region.

Coordination and implementation of Codex standards

These committees play a general coordinating role for the region and respond to requests by the Commission. They also work to promote the acceptance of Codex standards and maximum limits for residues by member countries.