Taking forward the work identified in the last CCASIA Meetings.
The 19th Session of the CCASIA had identified the following activities as important to support the implementation of the global Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019:
The objective of the following activities is to achieve the maximum and effective participation of Asian Members in the activities of CAC and its subsidiary bodies and to increase scientific inputs from Asian Members to FAO/WHO expert bodies Activities :
Promote the understanding of Codex rules including the Procedural Manual among Asian Members.
Strengthen the capacity of Asian Members to submit their comments and appropriate scientific data on relevant issues.
Encourage Asian Members to formulate national positions and participate in relevant sessions of CAC and/or its subsidiary bodies.
Encourage developing Asian Members to apply for funding assistance under the FAO/WHO Project and Fund for Enhancing the Participation of Developing Countries in the Work of Codex and its successor initiative, as well as other sources.
Maintain and share an up-to-date directory of the Codex Contact Point (CCP) of Asian Members.
Update and maintain a website of CCASIA and encourage its use.
Encourage the exchange and sharing of submitted comments and relevant data among Asian Members.
Organize informal meetings of CCASIA members at the margin of the meeting of CAC and its subsidiary bodies to develop common position, where possible.
Cooperate to gather data/information and make proposal at the sessions of CAC and/or subsidiary bodies on issues of common concerns or interests.
Conduct surveys or exchange views with relevant stakeholders in Member countries to capture interests and needs for the development and/or review of Codex standards and related texts.
Identify specific food products and area of interest of the region that require standards and related texts to be developed and/or reviewed .
Make proposals at the sessions of CAC and/or its subsidiary bodies to reflect interest of the Asian region.
Inform and share the results of meetings of CAC and its subsidiary bodies to relevant stakeholders in Member countries.
Train technical personnel and policymakers responsible for the elaboration of food policies including regulations on the significance of and need to consider Codex standards and related texts.
Increase awareness of the Codex standards and related texts among relevant stakeholders in Member countries including consumers, industries and academia.
Identify the capacity building needs of Asian Members to harmonize their national policies including regulations with Codex standards and related texts.
Identify the capacity building needs of Asian Members to establish and/or strengthen CCP and/or NCC .
Conduct or participate in workshops and/or mentoring and training program to strengthen CCP and/or NCC.
Identify the capacity building needs of Asian Members to improve scientific and technical capacities related to food control including those relating to laboratories and inspections.
Conduct or participate in workshops and/or training courses to improve scientific and technical capacity including personnel exchanges.
Update and maintain a list of experts and institutions available in the region which can provide the required scientific and technical expertise.
Facilitate the development and/or review of national food control regulatory system including organizations, laws and regulations.
Coordinator invites and encourages all members to actively participate in CCASIA informal meeting. The time, date and venue of the meetings should be informed well in advance to the CCASIA Members.
Coordinator communicates to countries who cannot attend Codex meeting and requests to get their concerns and comments.
The Coordinator should identify the agenda items that are important and also identify the concerns which may have regional connotations.
All countries who attend Codex meeting should participate in CCASIA informal meeting and provide their concerns and comments.
Internal communication in each country between CCP and delegation to Codex meeting is needed.
The informal meeting should attempt to get common regional positions.
A record note of discussions should be prepared and circulated to the Members for subsequent sessions.
All the stakeholders must be involved in developing a mutually agreed upon proposal including development of priority areas so that fair trade is ensured within the region.
Discussion of relevant issues of common interest e.g. labeling, ethnic food, within the region which are in the agenda of CCASIA.
Discussion on Harmonization of standards e.g. FOP among member countries.
Discussion on the use of Codex standards, food safety and control systems, common requirements for import and export.
More capability building activities on risk analysis, strengthen/establish website linkage and exchange of information on food safety issues, and follow-up workshop on standards develop.