New Zealand and Codex

MPI manages New Zealand’s participation in Codex and sets strategic priorities which ensure that Codex standards have the widest possible application.

New Zealand attaches great importance to the work of Codex and has been a member since its formation in 1963. MPI, as the lead agency, is responsible for managing New Zealand's input and participation in Codex.

New Zealand government objectives

New Zealand, as a trading nation, has a strong interest in ensuring that Codex:

  • develops standards and related texts that are risk based and founded on sound science
  • is efficient and responsive to the needs of its members
  • works to reduce technical barriers to trade and facilitate market access through the development of international standards that have the widest application.

New Zealand’s strategic objectives

New Zealand’s input and participation in the work of Codex is underpinned by a strategic policy framework that articulates its strategic priorities and interests. New Zealand's strategic objectives in Codex 2010-2013, are to:

  • influence Codex priority-setting and work programmes
  • influence Codex standards and processes
  • strengthen the Codex system
  • build and maintain strategic alliances.

New Zealand's limited resources are directed towards those committees and work areas that are of greatest importance to the country in terms of food safety and trade.

You can find out more in New Zealand’s strategic objectives for 2010-2013 from this document,
NZ’s Strategic Objectives in Codex 2010-2013 (436 KB PDF)

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