Committees

The Codex Alimentarius Commission includes the Executive Committeeб coordinating regional committees and 16 different subsidiary committees.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of Codex comprises the Chair, three vice Chairs, six regional coordinators and seven elected representatives from the various geographical groups of Codex. Between sessions, the Executive Committee acts as the Executive organ of the Commission.

In particular, the Executive Committee can make proposals to the Commission regarding general orientation, strategic planning, and programming of the work of the Commission.

The Executive Committee assists in the management of the Commission’s programme of standards development by conducting a "critical review" of proposals to undertake work and monitoring the progress of standards development.

Regional Coordinating Committees

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

left to right Kenya, India, Kazakhstan, Chile, Vanuatu, Iran

Standards

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.

Subsidiary Codex bodies

General Subject Committees

General subject committees develop General Standards, Guidelines and Codes of Practice which are applied transversely to all products and product categories. These texts deal with hygienic practice, labelling, additives, inspection & certification, nutrition and residues of veterinary drugs and pesticides.

CCCF

Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods

Active

CCFA

Codex Committee on Food Additives

Active

CCFH

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

Active

CCFICS

Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems

Active

CCFL

Codex Committee on Food Labelling

Active

CCGP

Codex Committee on General Principles

Active

CCMAS

Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

Active

CCNFSDU

Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses

Active

CCPR

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

Active

CCRVDF

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

Active

Commodity Committees

Codex commodity standards define the physical and chemical characteristics of nearly 200 traded products – from apples and wheat to frozen fish and bottled water.

CCCPL

Codex Committee on Cereals, Pulses and Legumes

Active

CCFFV

Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Active

CCFO

Codex Committee on Fats and Oils

Active

CCPFV

Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

Active

CCSCH

Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs

Active

TFAMR

Ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance

Active