New Zealand and Codex

MPI manages New Zealand's participation in Codex and sets strategic priorities which ensure that Codex standards have the widest possible application.

New Zealand attaches great importance to the work of Codex and has been a member since its formation in 1963. MPI, as the lead agency, is responsible for managing New Zealand's input and participation in Codex.

New Zealand government objectives

New Zealand, as a trading nation, has a strong interest in ensuring that Codex:

  • develops standards and related texts that are risk based and founded on sound science
  • is efficient and responsive to the needs of its members
  • works to reduce technical barriers to trade and facilitate market access through the development of international standards that have the widest application.

New Zealand's strategic objectives

New Zealand's input and participation in the work of Codex is underpinned by a strategic policy framework that articulates its strategic priorities and interests. New Zealand's strategic objectives in Codex 2015-2020, are to strongly:

  • influence Codex standards to reflect New Zealand's interests in food safety, public health and trade
  • strengthen strategic relationships and alliances
  • promote a strong, efficient and responsive Codex

New Zealand's limited resources are directed towards those committees and work areas that are of greatest importance to the country in terms of food safety and trade.

You can find out more on New Zealand’s strategic objectives for 2015-2020 in this document:

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