Codex Abbreviations, Acronyms and Definitions

​​​​​There are a number of acronyms and other words with special meanings in common use as part of the Codex process. This guide may provide a useful starting point to understanding Codex language.

AcronymDefinition
ADIAcceptable Daily Intake
AGCPCAustralian Government Codex Policy Committee
AGNMIAustralian Government National Measurement Institute
ALARAAs Low As Reasonably Achievable
ALINORMCodex Committee Meeting Report
APECAsia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Council)
CACCodex Alimentarius Commission
CCCPCCodex Committee on Cocoa Products and Chocolate
CCCFCodex Committee on Contaminants in Food
CCCPLCodex Committee on Cereals, Pulses and Legumes
CCFFPCodex Committee on Fish & Fishery Products
CCFFVCodex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
CCFACodex Committee on Food Additives
CCFHCodex Committee on Food Hygiene
CCFICSCodex Committee on Food Import and Export Certification and Inspection Systems
CCFLCodex Committee on Food Labelling
CCFOCodex Committee on Fats and Oils
CCGPCodex Committee on General Principles
CCMASCodex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
CCMHCodex Committee on Meat Hygiene
CCMMPCodex Committee on Milk and Milk Products
CCNFSDUCodex Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses
CCPFVCodex Committee on Processed Fruit and Vegetables
CCPRCodex Committee on Pesticide Residues
CCRVDFCodex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food
CCSCodex Committee on Sugars
CCSBCodex Committee on Soups and Broths
CLCircular Letter
CODEXCodex Alimentarius Commission
CRDConference Room Document
CXCodex documentation including provisional agendas: committee (agenda) papers; invitations to participate in meetings; and requests for comments
ECEuropean Community
ECEEconomic Commission for Europe
EUEuropean Union
EWGElectronic Working Group
FAOFood and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
FBT​Foods Derived from Biotechnology
FSANZFood Standards Australia New Zealand
GATTGeneral Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GSFAGeneral Standards for Food Additives
HACCPHazard Analysis Critical Control Point (system)
IAEAInternational Atomic Energy Agency
IAEA TRCIAEA Training Reference Centre
IDFInternational Dairy Federation
INFOSANInternational Food Safety Authorities Network
INGOInternational Non-Government Organisation
IPPCInternational Plant Protection Convention
JECFAJoint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives
JEMRAJoint FAO/ WHO Expert Meeting on Risk Analysis
JMPRJoint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues
LIMAdditional Commission Papers
MERCOSURSouthern Common Market (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay)
MRLMaximum Residue Limit
NASWPCodex Regional Coordinating Committee for North and the South West Pacific
NAFTANorth American Free Trade Agreement
NGONon-Governmental Organisation
OIEWorld Organisation for Animal Health
OECDOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
PCBsPolychlorinated biphenyls
PWGPhysical Working Group
SPS AgreementAgreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
TBT AgreementAgreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
TFAFAd Hoc Intergovernmental Taskforce on Animal Feeding
TFF​BTAd Hoc Intergovernmental Taskforce on Foods Derived from Biotechnology
TFFJAd Hoc Intergovernmental Taskforce on Fruit and Vegetable Juices
UNUnited Nations
UNECEUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe
WGWorking Group
WHOWorld Health Organisation
WTOWorld Trade Organisation
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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