As the body responsible for the establishment of international standards in the area of food, Codex Alimentarius plays a key role in determining the shape and direction of much future national, regional and international regulation affecting food supplements.
Since its first session in Rome in October 1963 where some 120 participants from 30 countries and 16 international organizations attended, Codex has developed over 300 standards and other advisory texts. Many of these have been incorporated into national laws or have influenced the development of regional legislation. Codex standards, guidelines and codes of practice are also reference points for food safety in the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).
IADSA participates in the annual meetings of the highest decision-making body in Codex, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), and its further involvement in Codex takes place primarily in six Committees:
For a list of upcoming Codex Committee meetings in 2016 click here.