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Survey on the Use and Impact of Codex Texts

The Codex Secretariat has launched a new survey for all Codex Members to measure the use and impact of Codex texts. Mandated to monitor this topic through the Codex Strategic Plan 2020-2025, in 2021 the Secretariat, in collaboration with FAO and WHO evaluation offices, began work on developing a mechanism to explore issues such as accessibility, relevance and credibility concerning Codex standards.

This survey, therefore, is one of the solutions to help Members and Observers better understand the impact, or potential for impact, of Codex texts.

 

 

For this first pilot year, 2022, Members are asked to respond to a series of questions on up to four standards adopted or revised by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in the period 2015-2020.

FAQ

1. What is the purpose of the survey?

1. What is the purpose of the survey?

The survey seeks to examine the reach and usefulness of Codex texts and use responses to calculate their impact. 

2. Who should answer the survey?

2. Who should answer the survey?

Each Member Country in Codex should answer the survey; one response per country. Codex Contact Points should coordinate how each country responds through their normal channels which could include convening the National Codex Committee or team.

3. How long does it take to complete the survey?

3. How long does it take to complete the survey?

The design of the survey has been streamlined and completion should take less than one hour. 

4. Which standards are being surveyed in 2022?

4. Which standards are being surveyed in 2022?

The standards selected in this first pilot are:

  • CXS 193-1995: General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed (2019)
  • CXC 1-1969: General Principles of Food Hygiene (2020)
  • CXS 1-1985: General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods (2018)
  • CXG 9-1987: General Principles for the Addition of Essential Nutrients to Foods (2015)

 

 

 

5. How were these particular texts selected?

5. How were these particular texts selected?

Codex texts adopted or revised by CAC from 2015 to 2020 that cover the range of Codex General Subject Committees or Task Forces. 

6. Will the answers of a single country be published?

6. Will the answers of a single country be published?

The survey data will be aggregated and analysis will be conducted at the global and regional levels to determine trends. No individual country responses will be shared.

7. Can I change my responses?

7. Can I change my responses?

Yes, you can just click back on the survey and change or delete your answers.  While the survey remains open, you can change any of your answers.  Once the survey is submitted, you will no longer be able to change your responses.

8. What if I don’t have a full answer yet, can I save the survey and then go back?

8. What if I don’t have a full answer yet, can I save the survey and then go back?

No, there is currently no “save” option.  But while compiling the survey, until it is submitted, you can go back and change a previous answer.

9. Can I obtain a pdf copy of the survey to circulate to my committee?

9. Can I obtain a pdf copy of the survey to circulate to my committee?

You can request a pdf copy of the survey in any of the 6 UN languages by writing to [email protected]

10. Why does question 6 offer the choice of answering on one or more Codex texts?

10. Why does question 6 offer the choice of answering on one or more Codex texts?

A country may not have data to share on all the standards listed but we hope they will answer on all those where that information is available.

11. What is the purpose of the detailed secondary questions on the texts?

11. What is the purpose of the detailed secondary questions on the texts?

The survey seeks to gather information on specific Codex texts where a country has data. This will complement the general questions found later in the survey. 

12. When and how will the data be presented?

12. When and how will the data be presented?

The data will be presented at CAC45 in November 2022 as part of the discussion on the Strategic Plan. 

13. How do you expect the data collected to be useful?

13. How do you expect the data collected to be useful?

This is the first step in building a mechanism to monitor the use and impact of Codex Texts. Through this pilot survey, Codex will understand how to improve the process and the investment required.

14. What is the deadline for responses in 2022?

14. What is the deadline for responses in 2022?

To ensure that preliminary results can be presented at CAC45, countries are urged to complete the survey by 22 October 2022.

15. Can a country provide additional information when responding to the survey?

15. Can a country provide additional information when responding to the survey?

There are numerous text boxes provided in the survey that a country can use to provide further context to your answers including the last survey question, where a country can provide concrete suggestions to improve the reach, usefulness, or use of Codex texts. Additional, written responses can be sent to [email protected] for inclusion in the survey analysis.

Survey launch

 

Materials

Download the 2022 factsheet

(Ar, En, Fr, Ru, Sp, Zh)

Download the launch webinar held on 20 September 2022 (645 MB original language)

Download the audio only file (58 MB original language)