Codex Abbreviations, Acronyms and Definitions

There are a number of acronyms and other words with special meanings in common use as part of the Codex process. This guide may provide a useful starting point to understanding Codex language.

Acronym Definition
ADI Acceptable Daily Intake
AGCPC Australian Government Codex Policy Committee
AGNMI Australian Government National Measurement Institute
ALARA As Low As Reasonably Achievable
ALINORM Codex Committee Meeting Report
APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Council)
AQIS Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (a business group within DAFF)
CAC Codex Alimentarius Commission
CCCPC Codex Committee on Cocoa Products and Chocolate
CCCF Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food
CCCPL Codex Committee on Cereals, Pulses and Legumes
CCFFP Codex Committee on Fish & Fishery Products
CCFFV Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
CCFA Codex Committee on Food Additives
CCFH Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
CCFICS Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Certification and Inspection Systems
CCFL Codex Committee on Food Labelling
CCFO Codex Committee on Fats and Oils
CCGP Codex Committee on General Principles
CCMAS Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
CCMH Codex Committee on Meat Hygiene
CCMMP Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products
CCNFSDU Codex Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses
CCPFV Codex Committee on Processed Fruit and Vegetables
CCPR Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
CCRVDF Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food
CCS Codex Committee on Sugars
CCSB Codex Committee on Soups and Broths
CL Circular Letter
CODEX Codex Alimentarius Commission
CRD Conference Room Document
CX Codex documentation including provisional agendas: committee (agenda) papers; invitations to participate in meetings; and requests for comments
EC European Community
ECE Economic Commission for Europe
EU European Union
EWG Electronic Working Group
F&A Food & Agriculture (a business group within DAFF)
FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
FBT Foods Derived from Biotechnology
FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand
GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GSFA General Standards for Food Additives
HACCP Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (system)
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IAEA TRC IAEA Training Reference Centre
IDF International Dairy Federation
INFOSAN International Food Safety Authorities Network
INGO International Non-Government Organisation
IPPC International Plant Protection Convention
JECFA Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives
JEMRA Joint FAO/ WHO Expert Meeting on Risk Analysis
JMPR Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues
LIM Additional Commission Papers
MERCOSUR Southern Common Market (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay)
MRL Maximum Residue Limit
NASWP Codex Regional Coordinating Committee for North and the South West Pacific
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NGO Non-Governmental Organisation
OIE World Organisation for Animal Health
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
PCBs Polychlorinated biphenyls
PWG Physical Working Group
PIAPH Product Integrity, Animal & Plant Health (a business group within DAFF)
SPS Agreement Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
TBT Agreement Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
TFAF Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Taskforce on Animal Feeding
TFFBT Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Taskforce on Foods Derived from Biotechnology
TFFJ Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Taskforce on Fruit and Vegetable Juices
UN United Nations
UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
WG Working Group
WHO World Health Organisation
WTO World Trade Organisation
Last reviewed:
21 May 2013