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Food Law News - FAO / WHO / WTO / Codex - 2016

Codex Meeting Report, 1 September 2016

CODEX - Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (72nd Session)

Given below is the Executive Summary in the Report of the Seventy-Second Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland on 30 August – 1 September 2016.

A copy of the report is available at: CCEXEC72 Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

The Executive Committee

a) discussed the new structure of the document for the Critical Review that had been presented by the Secretariat to CCEXEC71, welcomed the structure of the document and suggested further improvements for consideration by the Secretariat;

b) discussed issues related to Committees working by correspondence, an item that was deferred by CCEXEC71 due to late availability of the working document, and agreed to establish a sub-committee (chaired by Vice-Chair Yayoi Tsujiyama) to work on the matter and report to CCEXEC73 (June 2017);

c) noted that the regular review of Codex work management for 2016/17 would focus on the work processes and procedures used by Electronic Working Groups (EWGs) and examine how effective and efficient EWGs are in advancing the work of Codex;

d) recommended to the DGs of FAO and WHO (i) to grant observer status to one NGO, (ii) to maintain the status for two NGOs that re-expressed their interest, (iii) not to grant observer status to one NGO, and (iv) to terminate the observer status of one NGO;

e) noted the draft agendas for CAC40 and CCEXEC73 and recommended the addition of two new items to the provisional agenda of CCEXEC73 i.e. committees working by correspondence and Codex and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Committee further agreed that documents that are on the agendas of both CAC and CCEXEC should have different reference numbers and specific recommendations for the two;

f) noted the considerations of members regarding lessons learnt from CCEXEC71 and CAC39, some of which could be implemented by the Secretariat without delay whilst others may require further consideration;

g) provided several suggestions how the Committee’s role and functioning could be strengthened.

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