Methods of Analysis and Sampling
Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
(Host Government - Hungary)
The Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) defines criteria for Codex methods of analysis and sampling and coordinates the work of Codex with other international groups working in methods of analysis and sampling and quality assurance systems for laboratories.
CCMAS specifies reference methods of analysis and sampling for Codex Standards and considers and endorses methods of analysis and sampling proposed by Codex Committees, except those related to pesticide residues and veterinary drugs in food, the assessment of microbiological quality and safety in food and food additives. It also considers issues submitted to it by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and defines procedures, protocols and guidelines for quality assurance systems and assessment of proficiency for food laboratories.
Existing Codex Standards
Standards relating to methods of analysis and sampling* that have been endorsed and adopted into the international food code include:
- Recommended Methods of Analysis and Sampling
- Methods of Analysis and Sampling for Fruit Juices and Related Products
- Guidelines on Performance Criteria and Validation of Methods for Detection, Identification and Quantification of Specific DNA Sequences and Specific Proteins in Foods.
*This is an indicative list only. For a full list of standards approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, please consult its Official List of Standards.
The 34th Session of the Committee met in Budapest, Hungary from 4-8 March 2013.
Matters for Adoption by the 36th Commission
The 34th Session of the Committee forwarded:
- The Draft Principles for the Use of Sampling and Testing in International Food Trade for adoption at step 8.
- Methods of analysis and sampling in Codex Standards at different steps for adoption
- The amendments to the Guidelines for Establishing Numeric Values for Method Criteria and/or Assessing Methods for Compliance Thereof in the Procedural Manual
Other Matters of Interest to the Commission
agreed to return to Step 2/3 for redrafting, comments and further discussion at the next session the Proposed Draft Principles for the Use of Sampling and Testing in International Food Trade - other sections – explanatory notes
Matters Referred to Other Committees
Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF)
The Committee agreed to request CCCF to select appropriate methods of analysis for the provision of the Proposed Draft Maximum Levels for Arsenic in Rice.
Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP)
The Committee agreed to encourage CCFFP to provide information on the toxicity equivalent factors for all biotoxins listed in the Standard for Live and Raw Bivalve Molluscs. The committee also reiterated that in individual standards, reference should not be made to the General Guidelines on Sampling as they do not provide sampling plans but instructions to select sampling plans, therefore the committee will encourage CCFFP to establish appropriate sampling plans and remove the above references from the following standards:
- Standard for Smoked Fish, Smoke-Flavoured Fish and Smoke-Dried Fish
- Standard for live Abalone and for Raw Fresh Chilled or Frozen Abalone for Direct Consumption or for Further Processing
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA)
The Committee agreed to ask CCASIA to review the use of conversion factor 5.71 and to encourage CCASIA to consider replacing the method of analysis for lipid content in the Standard for Tempe with ISO 1211|IDF 1:2010 and to clarify whether the provision should be ‘lipid content’ or ‘fat content’.
The 35th Session of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling has been tentatively scheduled to be held in Hungary from 3-7 March 2014 subject to final confirmation from the host country and Codex Secretariat.
29 May 2013