Overview of The Codex Committee
on General Principles
After its creation in 1963, the Codex Alimentarius set up a committee tasked with determining formal procedures and best operating practices so that the standards are elaborated within an inclusive and transparent intergovernmental framework.
As from 1965, this Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) sought to establish the cornerstones of the Codex Alimentarius namely its goals, the nature and scope of the standards and its relations with other international organisations.
Today, the CCGP deals with such procedural and general matters as are referred to it by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, including:
- the review or endorsement of procedural provisions/texts forwarded by other subsidiary bodies for inclusion in the Procedural Manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
- the consideration and recommendation of other amendments to the Procedural Manual.
Some of its major achievements include:
- the elaboration of texts on risk analysis;
- statements of principle concerning the role of science in the Codex decision-making process and the extent to which other factors are taken into account;
- joint Codex/OIE standards;
- monitoring the 2002-2003 external audit on the functioning of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.