Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) is the international food standards setting body recognised by the World Trade Agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) as being the reference point for food standards applied in international trade with the objectives of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade.
Through its input to the work of Codex, Australia supports the pre-eminence of science in standards development as fundamental to ensuring the safety of the food supply and recognises the importance of using science to validate food standards. Whilst recognising the role of science, food standards should also be evidence-based. Consumer perceptions, attitudes, intentions and behaviours are also an essential element in the process.
The Australian Government is responsible for Australia’s input to Codex work. Codex Australia’s consultative processes provide the avenue for all stakeholders to provide input to and consider policy, technical and strategic issues relating to Australia’s role in Codex.
Codex Australia coordinates Australia's position on priority Codex standards. It expresses Australian views in Codex Alimentarius Commission forums and distributes documents under consideration to interested members of the food industry for comment.
If you are a resident of Australia and you work in the Australian food industry, academia or represent a registered consumer public interest group, you can register as a Codex Stakeholder in order to provide comment on Codex discussion papers, provide input into meetings of Codex Advisory Panels and nominate representatives to attend meetings as part of Australian delegations.