National Codex Contact Point (NCCP) of India
National Codex Contact Point of India
The National Codex Contact Point (NCCP) of India is responsible for coordinating and promoting the activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in India. It is established by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and works closely with the National Codex Committee to ensure that India’s views and needs are taken into account in the development of Codex standards. The NCCP also facilitates communication and cooperation between the CAC and Indian authorities and stakeholders and helps to ensure that national food safety regulations in India are consistent with Codex standards.
Objectives of NCCP India
National Codex Committee and Function
The National Codex Committee (NCC) in India is a body established by the Government of India to advise and represent India in the development of international food standards by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). It is headed by the Director General of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), and its members consist of representatives from government agencies, the food industry, and academia. The NCC is responsible for providing input and guidance on the development of Codex standards, guidelines, and codes of practice, and for ensuring that national food regulations are consistent with Codex standards. It also acts as a liaison between the Indian food industry and other relevant stakeholders and the CAC and coordinates the participation of Indian experts in the Codex process.
Functions of the National Codex Committee (NCC)
- To offer expert guidance to the government on the impact of various food standardization, quality and safety concerns that arise in relation to the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).
- To ensure that national economic interests are taken into account when international standards are discussed.
- To provide valuable input to the government to help ensure the safety and quality of food for consumers, while also maximizing opportunities for industry growth and expanding international trade.
- To establish subject-specific committees to assist in the examination and evaluation of technical matters.
- To convene meetings as needed to develop a national stance on relevant issues.
Shadow Committees of NCC-India
Shadow Committees are sub-committees of the National Codex Committee (NCC) in India that are established to assist in the study and consideration of technical matters related to the corresponding Codex Committees.
- The purpose of these committees is to provide expert input and guidance to the NCC and the government on specific food standardization, quality, and safety issues.
- These committees are usually composed of experts from various fields such as food science, nutrition, chemistry, microbiology, and other related disciplines.
- They also provide inputs and suggestions on the development of the national position on Codex matters.
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