Codex Alimentarius is the name of the regulatory framework for food products, drawn up in the UN framework under the name the FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme.
The Programme is common to the FAO and WHO, but the FAO has a broader responsibility, both practically and economically. Codex Alimentarius is an international, worldwide organisation with the task of producing international standards in the field of food products. Its purpose is to protect consumer health and guarantee good standards in the international food trade.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is the highest decision-making body. Under the Codex Commission are some thirty committees that prepare matters for the Commission. These committees usually meet once a year. All the EU Member States and the EU (represented by the European Commission) are members of Codex Alimentarius. Before each Codex meeting, coordination takes place in this Council Working Party in preparation for joint EU positions. Follow-up from previous meetings also takes place at these meetings.
The working party reports to the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper).