Foodborne Disease Surveillance

Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force of Antimicrobial Resistance

At the 48th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in 2001, the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission recommended that FAO, WHO and OIE should give consideration to host a meeting to consider all issues of non-human antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance. It was decided that the advice needed by Codex would include risk assessment issues as well as risk management implications. In accordance with Codex risk analysis principles it was decided to separate the considerations in two workshops, i.e. a 1st workshop on scientific issues and a 2nd workshop on management options.

Meetings of the Task Force

An important outcome of this consultative process was the establishment of a Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, at the 29th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, 3-7 July 2006. The objective of the task force is to develop science-based guidance to help countries assess the risks to human health associated with the presence in food and feed and the transmission through food and feed of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms and to develop risk management advice based on that assessment to reduce such risk.

Three sessions of Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance have been held in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Task Force has been directed to complete its work within four sessions. The fourth session of the Task Force is tentatively scheduled to be held in 2010 in the Republic of Korea.

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