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JOINT FAO/WHO FOOD STANDARDS PROGRAMME

CODEX COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR AFRICA

Thirteenth Session, Harare, Zimbabwe, 3-6 November 1998

To be held in the Harare International Conference Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe, from 10.00 hours on Tuesday 3 November to Friday 6 November 1998

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

Agenda Item  Subject Matter  Doc. Ref. No.
Opening of the Session 
1.  Adoption of the Agenda  CX/AFRICA 98/1
2.  Report on Activities of FAO/WHO Complementary to the Work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and Matters Arising from Other Committees since the 12th Session of the Committee  CX/AFRICA 98/2
3.  Implementation of the Recommended International Code of Practice General Principles of Food Hygiene including HACCP in Africa  CX/AFRICA 98/3
4.  Risk Assessment Needs in Africa  CX/AFRICA 98/4
5.  Revision of the Guidelines for the Design of Control Measuresfor Street Vended Foods in Africa  CX/AFRICA 98/5
- Government comments  CX/AFRICA 98/5-Add.1
6.  Harmonization of National/Regional Standards with Codex Standards. Report on Acceptances, Adoption and Use of Codex Standards  CX/AFRICA 98/6
7.  Consumer Participation in Codex Work and Related Matters  CX/AFRICA 98/7
8.  Report on the Implementation of National Action Plans to Establish/Strengthen the Roles of Codex Contact Points and National Codex Committees  CX/AFRICA 98/8
9.  Nomination of Coordinator  CX/AFRICA 98/9
10.  Other Business and Future Work 
11.  Date and Place of Next Session 
12.  Adoption of the Report 

NOTES ON THE PROVISIONAL AGENDA

Opening of the Session: The Session will be opened with the presentation of a paper of topical interest in the field of food quality and safety in the Region of Africa.

Agenda Item 1 - Adoption of the Agenda (CX/AFRICA 98/1). In accordance with Rule V.2 of the Rules of Procedure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the first item on the Provisional Agenda shall be Adoption of the Agenda.

Agenda item 2 - Report on Activities of FAO and WHO Complementary to the Work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission since the 12th Session of the Committee (CX/AFRICA 98/2). The paper summarizes selected activities within FAO and WHO complementary to the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission being undertaken, specifically in the Region of Africa. It also reports on the activities of international bodies relevant to the FAO/WHO food standards work.

Agenda Item 3 - Implementation of the Recommended International Code of Practice General Principles of Food Hygiene including HACCP in Africa (CX/AFRICA 98/3). The CAC, at its 22nd Session, adopted the Revised Recommended International Code of Practice General Principles of Food Hygiene and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) System and Guidelines for its Application. Both FAO and WHO have been promoting the implementation of HACCP. The paper will report on activities of FAO and WHO in the area of HACCP implementation and training as well as the current situation in the Region.

Agenda Item 4 - Risk Assessment Needs in Africa (CX/AFRICA 98/4). The CAC has been considering risk analysis since its 20th Session in 1993. Risk analysis is considered to be an integral part of the decision-making process in Codex. The 22nd Session of the CAC requested that assistance of FAO and WHO to developing countries in the application of risk management be extended to the risk assessment area. The paper reports on importance and needs of implementation of above documents in the Region.

Agenda Item 5 - Revision of the Guidelines for the Design of Control Measures for Street Vended Foods in Africa (CX/AFRICA 98/5). The Guidelines for the Design of Control Measures for Street Vended Foods in Africa were adopted at Step 8 by the 22nd Session of the Commission (June 1997) with the request to the Committee to review this text in order to ensure conformity with the revised General Principles of Food Hygiene adopted by the Commission, so that inconsistency between the two texts would be avoided. Government comments are contained in CX/AFRICA 98/5-Add.1.

Agenda Item 6 - Harmonization of National/Regional Standards with Codex Standards. Report on Acceptances, Adoption and Use of Codex Standards and on the Code of Ethics in International Trade in Foods (CX/AFRICA 98/6). The 12th Session of the Committee has asked Member Countries to provide comments and information on the above subject matter. The paper summarizes the information available. Delegations are also requested to report on progress made by their countries in this direction and any constraints encountered.

Agenda Item 7 - Consumer Participation in Codex Work and Related Matters (CX/AFRICA 98/7). The paper highlights importance of the consumer involvement in food standards setting. Delegates will be invited to make verbal reports on situation in their countries.

Agenda Item 8 - Report on the Implementation of National Action Plans to Establish/Strengthen the Roles of Codex Contact Points and National Codex Committees in the Region (CX/AFRICA 98/8). The paper summarizes information provided by Member Countries of their activities in this direction. Delegates will be requested to provide additional information.

Agenda Item 9 - Nomination of Coordinator (CX/AFRICA 98/9). In accordance with Rule II.4 of the Rules of Procedure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the Committee shall nominate a Coordinator for Africa. The paper outlines the procedure for the nomination of a Coordinator.

Agenda Item 10 - Other Business and Future Work. In accordance with Rule 5.V of the Rules of Procedure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, any Member of the Commission may propose the inclusion of specific items of an urgent matter. The Committee may propose to undertake new work which shall be in compliance with the Medium Term Objectives and subject to the approval by the Commission or its Executive Committee.

Agenda Item 11 - Date and Place of Next Session. The Chairperson will propose, on behalf of the host country, the tentative date and place of the next meeting.

Agenda Item 12 - Adoption of the Report. In accordance with Rule VIII.1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the Committee shall adopt the report of its 13th Session, based on a draft provided by the Secretariat.