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
AD HOC INTERGOVERNMENTAL TASK FORCES (ACTIVE)
Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (Host Government –
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
- 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,
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.
The Task Force shall complete
its work within four sessions, starting in 2007.