codex alimentarius online course

The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally recognised standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety. Learning this material gives you the knowledge and tools for improving your business’ compliance with international regulations on food. The Codex Alimentarius can be challenging to deal with because of its complex structure and large number of documents. To help you learn about them, we’ve taken the knowledge from our team of consultants and compiled it in this comprehensive course that focuses on the key areas of interest to businesses.

This course provides a thorough understanding of the organization of Codex Alimentarius, why Codex matters, the key documents, the nature and operation of the various committees, the standards, the interaction WHO, WTO, and the importance of Codex Alimentarius in world trade and global food law.

Codex Alimentarius is a global reference point for food producers, food processors, consumers, national food control agencies, and for international trade. Codex formulates and harmonizes food standards and ensures their global implementation. The objective of this course is to familiarize participants with the history, development, and workings of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in formulating and harmonizing food standards and ensuring their global implementation.

The lead subject matter expert for this course is P. Vincent Hegarty, Founding Director and Professor Emeritus of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University. Guest representatives from Codex Alimentarius, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the World Bank, the food industry, and a developing country provide distinct frames of reference. All reading assignments will be available as downloads within the modules or via the provided URLs. The course syllabus is subject to change each semester but generally covers the following topics: 

  • What is Codex Alimentarius?
  • Why Codex Matters
  • Some Key Codex Documents
  • General Subject Committees
  • Commodity Committees
  • Current Official Standards
  • Ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Forces
  • Regional Coordinating Committees
  • Food Safety, WHO and Codex
  • International Trade, WTO and Codex
  • The WTO SPS and TBT Agreements
  • Developing Countries and Codex
  • The World Bank and Codex
  • Food Industry and Codex

This course is offered in spring semesters only. 

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  • This course was created with Adobe Flash technology. Since this technology is no longer supported by modern internet browsers, the online version was removed. The downloadable version and content of the course (text only) are still available. In order to access them, please read the instructions in the System requirements section below.The course explains the organization and operation of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its subsidiary bodies and the process of developing international food standards. It also explains how to strengthen national Codex programmes and receive FAO/WHO scientific advice.
  • System RequirementsThe interactive version of the course is available as a downloadable package and only runs on Windows PC’s and doesn’t require any additional software. Please read the following instructions.The content of the course is also available in text format (pdf).
  • AudienceThe course is useful for National Codex Contact Points, Government Officials, Representatives of food industry, consumer groups, Codex Observer organizations, and Beneficiaries of the FAO/WHO Trust Fund for Participation in Codex.
  • You will learn about
    • Structure, rules, procedures and processes of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
    • Benefits and obligations of being involved in Codex activities
    • Relationship between Codex and the World Trade Organization
    • Functions of Codex Contact Points and national Codex structures
    • How to select national delegations and prepare national positions
    • Scientific advices on Codex standards elaboration
    • Risk analysis and its importance to Codex
    • How specific FAO/WHO expert bodies and relevant Codex Committees interact
  • Course structureThe course consists of 13 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 50 minutes duration each, grouped into four units:Unit 1 – Establishing and maintaining national Codex activities
    • Lesson 1.1 – What is Codex
    • Lesson 1.2 – Why Codex is importantUnit 2 – Understanding the organization of Codex
    • Lesson 2.1 – How Codex is organized
    • Lesson 2.2 – How Codex committees function
    • Lesson 2.3 – How Codex elaborates standards
    • Lesson 2.4 – Format for Codex standards
    • Lesson 2.5 – Understanding and organizing Codex documentation
    • Lesson 2.6 – Relationship between Codex standards and WTOUnit 3 – Basics of national Codex activities
    • Lesson 3.1 – Functions of a national Codex Contact Point
    • Lesson 3.2 – How to develop national positions on Codex issues
    • Lesson 3.3 – Selecting national delegationsUnit 4 – Scientific basis for Codex work
    • Lesson 4.1 – Risk analysis in the framework of Codex
    • Lesson 4.2 – Provision of scientific advice

The course explains the organization, management and procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) and its subsidiary bodies. The scientific basis for Codex standards provided by the FAO/WHO program on the provision of scientific advice is described. The course also provides guidance on developing national Codex structures and activities in order to enhance effectiveness of all Codex members.

  • The course consists of 13 lessons, of approximately 30 to 50 minutes duration each, for a total of about 10 hours of self-paced instruction.
  • Each lesson achieves a specific set of learning objectives, using interactive step-by-step instructions and exercises which help reinforce what is being explained.
  • Learners can consult a technical glossary of Codex definitions and search within the course materials for specific terms. A series of documents relevant to the Codex Alimentarius Commission are also provided.

The target audience for this course includes:

  • National Codex Contact Points
  • Government Officials
  • Representatives of food industry, consumer groups
  • Codex Observer organizations
  • Beneficiaries of the FAO/WHO Trust Fund for Participation in Codex

Self-paced asynchronous e-learning is used as the mode of delivery for the course. This provides an interactive learning experience that actively engages learners through dynamic screens, interactive tests, exercises with reinforcement feedback and illustrative case studies. Asynchronous e-learning offers users the option of taking a course or a specific lesson whenever needed.

The course is available in English on the FAO elearning Academy where you may need to create a new account. An updated version of the Codex E-learning course is currently under development and will be made available as soon as it is finalized.

The course explains the organization, management and procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) and its subsidiary bodies. The scientific basis for Codex standards provided by the FAO/WHO program on the provision of scientific advice is described. The course also provides guidance on developing national Codex structures and activities in order to enhance effectiveness of all Codex members.

  • The course consists of 13 lessons, of approximately 30 to 50 minutes duration each, for a total of about 10 hours of self-paced instruction.
  • Each lesson achieves a specific set of learning objectives, using interactive step-by-step instructions and exercises which help reinforce what is being explained.
  • Learners can consult a technical glossary of Codex definitions and search within the course materials for specific terms. A series of documents relevant to the Codex Alimentarius Commission are also provided.

The target audience for this course includes:

  • National Codex Contact Points
  • Government Officials
  • Representatives of food industry, consumer groups
  • Codex Observer organizations
  • Beneficiaries of the FAO/WHO Trust Fund for Participation in Codex

Self-paced asynchronous e-learning is used as the mode of delivery for the course. This provides an interactive learning experience that actively engages learners through dynamic screens, interactive tests, exercises with reinforcement feedback and illustrative case studies. Asynchronous e-learning offers users the option of taking a course or a specific lesson whenever needed.

The course is available in English on the FAO elearning Academy where you may need to create a new account. An updated version of the Codex E-learning course is currently under development and will be made available as soon as it is finalized.

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The course offered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations explains the organization and operation of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its subsidiary bodies and the process of developing international food standards. Information is also provided on strengthening national Codex programmes and FAO/WHO scientific advice. External linkwebsite http://www.fao.org/elearning/#/elc/en/course/X

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

OrganizationFood and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsCategoryCoursesTrainingLanguage

EnglishDescription

The course offered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations explains the organization and operation of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its subsidiary bodies and the process of developing international food standards. Information is also provided on strengthening national Codex programmes and FAO/WHO scientific advice. External linkwebsite http://www.fao.org/elearning/#/elc/en/course/X

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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