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CCASIA FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia

(1) Regional Coordinating Committees 

The Regional Coordinating Committees play an invaluable role in ensuring that the work of the Commission is responsive to regional interests and to the concerns of developing countries. They normally meet at two-year intervals, with a good representation from the countries of their respective regions. Meeting reports are submitted to and discussed by the Commission. The country that chairs the Coordinating Committee is also the Regional Coordinator for the region concerned. These Committees have no standing host countries. Meetings are hosted by countries of a region on an ad hoc basis and in agreement with the Commission.

There are six Coordinating Committees, one each for the following regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Near East
  • North America and the Southwest Pacific

(2) History of CCASIA 

The Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA) was established at the 11th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) held in Rome, Italy, in July 1976. The first Session took place in New Delhi, India in January1977.

Session Place Date Report (English)
1st New Delhi, 10-16 January 1977 ALINORM 78/15(PDF:103KB)
2nd Manila, 20-26 March 1979 ALINORM 79/15(PDF:348KB)
3rd Colombo 2-8 February 1982 ALINORM 83/15(PDF:173KB)
4th Phetchburi 28 February - 5 March 1984 ALINORM 85/15(PDF:245KB)
5th Yogyakarta 8-14 April 1986 ALINORM 87/15(PDF:200KB)
6th Denpasar 26 January - 1 February 1988 ALINORM 89/15(PDF:392KB)
7th Chiang-Mai 5-12 February 1990 ALINROM 91/15(PDF:276KB)
8th Kuala Lumpur 27-31 January 1992 ALINORM 93/15(PDF:198KB)
9th Beijing, 24-27 May 1994 -
10th Tokyo 5-8 March 1996 ALINORM 97/15(PDF:151KB)
11th Chiang Rai 16-19 December 1997 ALINORM 99/15(PDF:209KB)
12th Chaing-Mai 23-26 November 1999 ALINORM 01/15(PDF:188KB)
13th Kuala Lumpur 17-20 September 2002 ALINORM 03/15(PDF:291KB)
14th Jeju 7-10 September 2004 ALINORM 05/28/15(PDF:618KB)
15th Seoul 21-24 November 2006 ALINORM 07/30/15(PDF:474KB)
16th Denpasar 17-21 November 2008 ALINORM 09/32/15(PDF:427KB)
17th Yogyakarta 22-26 November 2010 REP11/ASIA(PDF:1,793KB)
18th  Tokyo 5-9 November 2011 REP13/ASIA(PDF:1,006KB)
19th Tokyo 3-7 November 2014 REP15/ASIA(PDF:459KB)

(3) Terms of Reference of CCASIA 

  • defines the problems and needs of the region concerning food standards and food control;
  • promotes within the Committee contacts for the mutual exchange of information on proposed regulatory initiatives and problems arising from food control and stimulates the strengthening of food control infrastructures;
  • recommends to the Commission the development of world wide standards for products of interest to the region, including products considered by the Committee to have an international market potential in the future;
  • develops regional standards for food products moving exclusively or almost exclusively in intra regional trade;
  • draws the attention of the Commission to any aspects of the Commission's work of particular significance to the region;
  • promotes coordination of all regional food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations within the region;
  • exercises a general coordinating role for the region and such other functions as may be entrusted to it by the Commission; and, 
  • promotes the use Codex standards and related texts by members.

(4) Regional Strategic Plan / List of  Activities of Interest to CCASIA 


16th CCASIA in 2008

-   Adopted the “Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2009-2014”

17th CCASIA in 2010

-   Agreed to request the next Coordinator to prepare a new draft Strategic Plan for the CCASIA

18th CCASIA in 2012

-   Agreed with structure and 6-year timeframe,

-   Agreed to establish an eWG to prepare a revised draft Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2015-2020 to take into consideration the new Codex Strategic Plan and the discussion at 18th CCASIA, and

-   Agreed to establish a pWG to consider:

1) the revised draft Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2015-2020,

2) the comments submitted, and

3) the status of implementation of the current Strategic Plan for the CCASIA

 36th CAC in 2013

-   Adopted Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019

19th CCASIA in 2014

-   Agreed that:

1) Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019 provided adequate guidance to CCASIA;

2) Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2015-2020 was no longer necessary and to discontinue work on its development; and

3) the next Coordinator could use the List of Activities of Interest to CCASIA as a basis for the work of CCASIA.

(5) CCASIA Related Standards  



CCASIA Secretariat:
Food Safety and Consumer Policy Division
Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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