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Ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Forces

In 1999, the Commission realized that its rather inflexible committee structure was not able to cope with the demand for standards and guidelines across an everwidening range of subjects. It decided to create a third type of subsidiary body called a Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force, which is a Codex Committee with very limited terms of reference established for a fixed period of time.

It was noted that the establishment of such Task Forces would lead to:

  • a more flexible structure to handle specific issues for a time-limited period
  • under closely defined terms of reference, but
  • functioning in the same manner as established Codex Committees.
To date the Commission has established the following ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Forces:

Task Force on Animal Feeding
(host government- Switzerland 2011- ...)

Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology (host government- Japan 1999–2003 and 2005– 2009)

Task Force on Fruit and Vegetable Juices
(host government- Brazil 1999–2005)

Task Force on the Handling and Processing of Quick Frozen Foods
(host government- Thailand 2006-...)

Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
(host government- Republic of Korea 2006-...)


Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding
(Host Government – Switzerland)


With the aim of ensuring the safety of foods of animal origin, the Task Force should develop science based guidelines or standards specific to the following terms of reference.

Terms of Reference:

  • The development of guidelines, intended for governments on how to apply the existing Codex risk assessment methodologies to the various types of hazards related to contaminants/residues in feed ingredients, including feed additives used in feedingstuffs for food producing animals. The guideline should include specific science-based risk assessment criteria to apply to feed contaminants/ residues. These criteria should be consistent with existing Codex methodologies. The guidelines should also consider the need to address the establishment of rates of transfer and accumulation from feed to edible tissues in animal-derived products according to the characteristics of the hazard. The guidelines should be drawn up in such a way as to enable countries to prioritise and assess risks based upon local conditions, use, exposure of animals and the impact, if any, on human health.
  • Develop a prioritised list of hazards in feed ingredients and feed additives for governmental use. The list should contain hazards of international relevance that are reasonably likely to occur, and are thus likely to warrant future attention. In doing so, due consideration should be given to the prioritised list of hazards as recommended by the FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Animal Feed Impact on Food Safety. Clear criteria should be used to prioritise the list of hazards and take account of the potential transfer of contaminants/residues in feed to edible animal products (e.g. meat, fish meat, milk, and eggs).

Time Frame:

Starting in 2011, two sessions with an option of a third session, if required, to complete the work on the above terms of reference.

Ad hoc Codex intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
(Host Government – Republic of Korea)


To develop science based guidance, taking full account of its risk analysis principles and the work and standards of other relevant international Organizations, such as FAO, WHO and OIE. The intent of this guidance is to assess the risks to human health associated with the presence in food and feed including aquaculture and the transmission through food and feed of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance genes and to develop appropriate risk management advice based on that assessment to reduce such risk. The Task Force should attempt to put into perspective the risk of increase of antimicrobial resistance in human beings and animals, generated by different areas of use of antimicrobials such as veterinary applications, plant protection or food processing.

Terms of Reference:

To develop guidance on methodology and processes for risk assessment, its application to the antimicrobials used in human and veterinary medicine as provided by FAO/WHO through JEMRA, and in close cooperation with OIE, with subsequent consideration of risk management options. In this process work undertaken in this field at national, regional and international levels should be taken into account.

Time Frame:

The Task Force shall complete its work within four sessions, starting in 2007.