The Codex Alimentarius is an international body set up in 1961 as a subsidiary body of the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) and the WHO (World Health Organization). The main scope of the Codex Alimentarius is to develop and adopt a series of food standards and related texts that aim to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food trade.
By virtue of KYA 349 GG 183 / B / 11-2-2005, the EFET was appointed as National Contact Point of the Codex Alimentarius.
The core functions of the Greek National Contact Point of Codex Alimentarius are:
Coordinate all relevant Codex activities within Greece ;
Receive all Codex final texts (invitations, standards, codes of practice, guidelines) and working documents of Codex Committees
Ensure that all these documents are distributed to those concerned at national level;
Organise public consultation on these issues, where appropriate, to feed into the Greek position;
Coordinate meetings to form Greek positions and work in close cooperation with the National stakeholders;
Send comments/national positions on Codex documents to the CAC or its Committees or the European Commission in case of issues covered by EU competence
Maintain a library of Codex final texts and national network on information exchange