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September 16, 2003

Codex open to wider comments

Codex Alimentarius, to which I introduced you about two weeks ago has, according to a recent newsletter, decided to institute an electronic forum that is open to comments "from all stakeholders, including but not limited to those representing government regulators, academia and science, the food industry and consumer organizations".

I find this is a remarkable opening to general comment and I believe that those interested in vitamin and mineral supplements - one of the themes of discussion of Codex - and who are capable of contributing some better understanding of the matter, should take a look...

The consultation runs from 1 October to 14 November 2003 and is a preparatory step to gather ideas on how the provision of relevant data to Codex by the various "stakeholders" should best be organized.

Explanation and instructions are downloadable from FAO in PDF files in English, Spanish and French.

Provision of scientific advice to Codex - Electronic forum

FAO and WHO are organizing an e-forum to promote discussion among a broad range of interested parties, as part of a consultative process to consider the provision of scientific advice to Codex and how the processes involved may be improved. The purpose of the e-forum is to encourage an open interactive exchange of views and ideas which will be considered in the next steps during the consultative process. Input is invited from all stakeholders, including but not limited to those representing government regulators, academia and science, the food industry and consumer organizations.

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El foro electrónico sobre recomendaciones científicas al Codex

La FAO y la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) están organizando un foro electrónico a fin de promover el debate entre una amplia variedad de interesados, que forma parte de un proceso de consulta sobre el suministro de asesoramiento científico al Codex y la forma de mejorar los procedimientos necesarios. El objetivo del foro electrónico es alentar el intercambio abierto e interactivo de puntos de vista e ideas que se tomarán en cuenta en los siguientes pasos del proceso de consulta. Se invita a colaborar a todos los interesados, incluso, aunque no exclusivamente, a los representantes de las autoridades normativas de los gobiernos, de la academia y las ciencias, la industria alimentaria y las organizaciones de

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Forum électronique sur la fourniture des avis scientifiques au Codex

La FAO et l'OMS organisent un forum électronique pour favoriser les débats entre le plus grande nombre possible de parties concernées, dans le cadre d'un processus consultatif sur la fourniture des avis scientifiques au Codex et l'amélioration des procédés utilisés. Le but du forum électronique est d'encourager un échange ouvert et interactif de points de vues et d'idées qui seront examinés au cours des prochaines étapes du processus consultatif. Toutes les parties prenantes, y compris et au delà de celles qui représentent les organismes gouvernementaux de réglementation, les milieux universitaires et scientifiques, l'industrie alimentaire et les organismes de défense des consommateurs, sont conviées à apporter leur contribution.

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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Tuesday September 16 2003
updated on Tuesday December 21 2010

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