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The course explains the organization and operation of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its subsidiary bodies and the process of developing international food standards. It also explains how to strengthen national Codex programmes and receive FAO/WHO scientific advice.

The course is useful for National Codex Contact Points, Government Officials, Representatives of food industry, consumer groups, Codex Observer organizations, and Beneficiaries of the FAO/WHO Trust Fund for Participation in Codex.

  • Structure, rules, procedures and processes of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • Benefits and obligations of being involved in Codex activities
  • Relationship between Codex and the World Trade Organization
  • Functions of Codex Contact Points and national Codex structures
  • How to select national delegations and prepare national positions
  • Scientific advices on Codex standards elaboration
  • Risk analysis and its importance to Codex
  • How specific FAO/WHO expert bodies and relevant Codex Committees interact

The course consists of 13 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 50 minutes duration each, grouped into four units:

Unit 1 - Establishing and maintaining national Codex activities
  • Lesson 1.1 - What is Codex
  • Lesson 1.2 - Why Codex is important

Unit 2 - Understanding the organization of Codex
  • Lesson 2.1 - How Codex is organized
  • Lesson 2.2 - How Codex committees function
  • Lesson 2.3 - How Codex elaborates standards
  • Lesson 2.4 - Format for Codex standards
  • Lesson 2.5 - Understanding and organizing Codex documentation
  • Lesson 2.6 - Relationship between Codex standards and WTO

Unit 3 - Basics of national Codex activities
  • Lesson 3.1 - Functions of a national Codex Contact Point
  • Lesson 3.2 - How to develop national positions on Codex issues
  • Lesson 3.3 - Selecting national delegations

Unit 4 - Scientific basis for Codex work
  • Lesson 4.1 - Risk analysis in the framework of Codex
  • Lesson 4.2 - Provision of scientific advice

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      World Health Organization (WHO)