SW Pacific Codex Initiative

To enhance Codex capacity in the SW Pacific region.


The SW Pacific Codex Initiative is funded by the US Codex Office, implemented by LandO’Lakes Venture 37, in collaboration with the Global Food Regulatory Science Society (GFoRSS) and in partnership with the Codex Programs of Australia and New-Zealand and the Coordinator for the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific (CCNASWP).

The SW Pacific Codex Initiative is a capacity building project aiming to enhance Codex competencies in the SW Pacific region, to promote effective participation of the region’s delegations in international food standard setting activities; and, to, ultimately, maximize the reliance of SW Pacific countries on Codex standards for the establishment of national food regulatory requirements. 

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

An EWG will be setup for select Codex Committees and composed of experts from the SW Pacific region, specialized in Food Regulatory Science; and, possessing relevant Committee-specific experience. 

SWP Codex News & Future Events


codex members


codex observers


codex committees

Codex coordination meetings

Dedicated to CCPs and their Representatives / Partners from the SWP Nations.

7th Codex Roundtable for the South West Pacific

14 November 2023

6th Codex Roundtable for the South West Pacific

26 September 2023

5th Codex Roundtable for the South West Pacific

12 September 2023

4th Codex Roundtable for the South West Pacific

13 April 2023

3rd Codex Roundtable for the South West Pacific

10 February 2023

2nd Codex Roundtable for the South West Pacific

1 February 2023, CCNASWP16 Side Event: Codex @ 60 – Towards More Robust Food Control Systems at the Regional Level

Inaugural Codex Roundtable for the South West Pacific

13 January 2023


codex standards


codex guidelines


codex codes of practice

Codex resources

A repository of proposed resources prepared by the SW Pacific 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, as part of its 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, their membership or their management.

This review is prepared as part of the SW Pacific Codex Initiative.

Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH)

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR)

Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)

Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP)