The Draft Medium-Term Plan (MTP) is indicative of the work to be undertaken in the
period and provides a general orientation for this work.
It is the responsibility
of individual Codex Committees and Task Forces to implement the Plan within their
own programmes of work.
The Plan is intended to
be flexible because it is impossible to foresee specific needs over the five-year
period covered by the Plan.
Although this means that
some activities may not be undertaken or completed in the period, it also should
not restrict work being undertaken on new activities as required.
The Codex Commission at
its 24th session (2001) had amended and adopted the Strategic Framework, including
the Strategic Vision Statement.
It had also agreed that
the draft had also agreed that the draft Medium-Term Plan would be revised by the
Secretariat in the light of the decisions of the 24th Session and the comments received,
and that it should include cost estimates to determine whether the objectives could
be met within achievable resources. The revised MTP had been circulated in August
2001 and revised in the light of the comments for consideration by the 50th session
o f the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee
noted that Regional Committees would have an opportunity to contribute to the development
of the MTP that would be subsequently considered by the next regular sessions of
the Executive Committee and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Executive Committee
noted that as a result of the Codex Evaluation, further changes might be required
to the MTP and that this would have to be addressed prior to its finalization in
the next session of the Commission.
Further information may be found in Understanding the Codex Alimentarius
located on the Codex website at:
or from the Codex-India Training Manual.