Topic outline

This series of four courses is designed to improve understanding of Codex Alimentarius and develop sustainable national capacities to engage in and benefit from Codex work. The third course provides information on the scientific basis and the application of risk analysis in Codex and explains how FAO/WHO scientific advice is used in the development of Codex standards. It also describes the interactions between FAO/WHO expert bodies and relevant Codex Committees and explains why and how countries can contribute to the provision of scientific advice.


This course will be particularly beneficial to those involved in the scientific aspects of Codex work at national and international level.

  • The importance of science and risk analysis in Codex work.
  • Risk analysis and its main components.
  • Roles, functions, and procedures of the FAO/WHO scientific advice programme.
  • Why and how countries can contribute to FAO/WHO provision of scientific advice.

The course consists of 2 lessons of approximately 40-60 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – The role of science and risk analysis in Codex
  • Lesson 2 – How is scientific advice provided?

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