Preparing for effective participation in Codex Work

19-20 November, Paro: Two days training workshop on Effective Preparation for Codex Work was organized from 19-20 November 2020 at Tiger Nest Camp, Paro. Thirty participants consisting of representatives from Department of Cottage & Small Industries, MoEA, Department of Industry, MoEA, College of Natural Resources, RUB, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, National Dairy Research & Development Center, National Food Testing Laboratory, Royal Center for Disease Control, MoH and BAFRA officials attended the workshop. The workshop was graced by Dr. Tashi Samdup, Director General of BAFRA and facilitated by members of Codex (Bhutan) Secretariat within BAFRA.

The main objective of the workshop was to enhance participation of Bhutan to the work of codex through training of officials of Codex (Bhutan) including NCC members and relevant stakeholders on functioning and management of codex work. In his opening remarks, Director General highlighted the importance of Bhutan’s participation in the international standard setting process by contributing to the standards work to repeat the benefits of use of standard. He thanked all participants especially representatives of relevant stakeholders and urged for their continued support. He also highlighted the importance to raise awareness on the subjects of our national interest so that international codex standards become suitable and applicable to Bhutan.

The workshop comprised of audio visuals, power point presentations, plenary discussions, and working groups on Codex Alimentarius Commission; Codex Procedural Manual; International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) and International Health Regulations; stepwise codex process for elaboration of standards; and codex web tools. The participants had the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the main elements of a national food control system and identify gaps and challenges for Bhutan national food control system.

The training is a part of activities of the Codex Trust Fund (CTF) joint project for Bhutan, India and Nepal with the goal to strengthen the function of National Codex Structures through effective engagement of all stakeholders in Codex activities and standard setting process, improved scientific and technical capacity of national experts to contribute to the scientific basis of Codex and promotion of sub-regional cooperation.

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