U.S. Codex Steering Committees
Officials from the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, State, and Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative participate on the U.S. Codex Steering Committees.
Composition: Senior officials responsible for broad policy decisions within a department or agency.
- Chair: Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA
- Executive Secretariat: U.S. Manager for Codex
Meetings: Twice a year, and as scheduled if significant policy issues regarding Codex arise.
Charge: Through a process of consensus, the committee will:
- Address broad policy issues, such as the appropriate overall strategies the U.S. should pursue in the Codex process.
- Provide guidance, based on sound science, to U.S. Codex Delegates and U.S. Codex Office on issues that have widespread implications on regulatory and trade policies.
- Address issues of process, including policies and approaches that continue to assure transparency, within Codex, both nationally and internationally.
- Define, and serve as, the interface between the SPS Steering Group and the Codex Committees.
- Be available to address issues that are referred by the Senior-level Technical Committee for Codex.
- Provide advice and guidance on staffing, organization, and funding of the U.S. Codex Office.
- Address issues of dates, location, and funding for U.S. hosted meetings, including achieving consensus on sources of funds from involved agencies.
- Select the U.S. Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the Codex Committee on General Principles and U.S. representatives to the Codex Executive Committee whenever the U.S. is regional or Coordinating Committee representative.
Composition: Officials with broad responsibility for implementing food regulatory and trade programs, representing agencies with direct Codex involvement
- Chair: U.S. Manager for Codex
- Executive Secretariat: Director, U.S. Codex Office
Meetings: Quarterly (at least once annually jointly with the Codex Policy Committee) and as scheduled if significant issues regarding Codex arise
Charge: Through a process of consensus, the Committee will:
- Provide guidance to the U.S. Delegations to Codex Committees and to the U.S. Codex Office.
- Identify cross-cutting issues, especially those that involve several delegations or agencies or on issues on which two or more Codex Committees have differing view points, and resolve such issues or bring them to the attention of the Policy Committee.
- Address any issues brought to it by U.S. Delegates to Codex Committees, by the U.S. Codex Office, or by U.S. government agencies.
- Identify lead and secondary agencies for involvement in each Codex Committee and approve selections of U.S. Delegates and Alternate Delegates.
- Establish and monitor a process, to be administered by the U.S. Codex Office, for the preparation, coordination, and clearance of U.S. comments on Codex Committee agenda items.
- Guide the long-term implementation of the U.S. Codex Strategic Plan.
Names, affiliations, and contact information for current members of the Policy and Technical Committees