mena Codex Initiative

To enhance Codex capacity in the Middle East and North Africa region.


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Codex Initiative is a capacity building project implemented by GFoRSS – the Global Food Regulatory Science Society – in collaboration with the Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence Platform (PARERA) of Université Laval. It aims to enhance Codex competencies in the MENA region, to promote effective participation of the region’s delegations in international food standard setting activities; and, to, ultimately, maximize the reliance of MENA countries on Codex standards for the establishment of national food regulatory requirements. 

Funded through the US Codex Office, US Department of Agriculture.

The MENA Codex undertaking leverages and supports the:

The MENA Codex collaboration promotes:

  • The development of communities of practice in targeted countries to facilitate effective preparation and contribution in Codex Technical Committees, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), and the Executive Committee, where relevant.
  • The enhancement of national Codex capacities.
  • The development of enablers for Codex work, availability of data and of information exchange tools, etc.

Expert Working Groups (EWGs)

The MENA Codex Project is establishing Expert Working Groups (EWGs) to facilitate the analysis of Codex Technical Committee documentation, in support of the preparation of participation by MENA Codex delegations in such committees, including the development of national positions.

An EWG will be setup for each Codex Committee and composed of experts from the MENA region, specialized in the discipline of Food Regulatory Science; and, possessing experience relevant to the targeted Committees. EWG members will be identified:

  • From the pool of graduates of the Food Risk Assessment Initiative carried out under the auspices of SAFE.
  • Through a recommendation by the National Codex Contact Points or National Codex Committees of MENA region countries.
  • By direct application to GFoRSS / PARERA. Independent experts are welcome to apply.

Call for MENA Codex EWG Candidates – Click here to apply

  • CCRVDF25: the 25th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods scheduled from 12-16 and 20 July 2021.

MENA Codex Events

Codex Resources

A repository of proposed resources prepared by the MENA Codex Expert Working Group (EWG), for use by Codex partners and stakeholders in the region to support their preparation and participation in Codex proceedings.

The documentation offers a review and analysis of the agenda items planned for discussion at Codex Committees and is intended for possible use by
the Codex communities of practice promoted by GFoRSS and PARERA, as part of their contribution to enhancing awareness and
supporting effective participation in international food standard setting meetings (Codex meetings) by representatives from members and observers.

The analysis provided offers a factual review of agenda items, their background and a discussion of some considerations. This analysis is indicative in nature and
does not represent an official position of the organizations mentioned above (PARERA and GFoRSS), their membership or their management.

This review is prepared as part of the Codex Initiative for the Middle East and North AfricaMENA Codex Initiative, implemented by PARERA and GFoRSS and funded by the US Codex Office, US Department of Agriculture.