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International engagement

(December 2016)
 

With the increase in global food trade, FSANZ proactively collaborates with international agencies involved in ensuring food safety, which is now increasingly more important as the food supply expands and becomes more global. There are many international scientific and regulatory bodies FSANZ collaborates with to develop data collection and analysis methodologies. Read more in our international activities and engagement paper. 

While it is recognised that food-related risks around the world may vary, sharing information, data and best practices in relation to food science regulation can promote consistent approaches to the analysis of risk. A number of  FSANZ staff engage in international activities including participating on expert bodies of the major food-related multilateral organisations, which adds a further dimension to our collaboration with scientists around the world.

APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum  

The APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum is a forum of food safety regulators which seeks to build robust food safety systems in the Asia-Pacific region. It is co-chaired by Australia (FSANZ) and China. 

Codex

The Codex Alimentarius Commission produces internationally recognised standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety. It aims to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in international food trade. As the Australian Government representative, FSANZ actively leads the Australian delegation to four technical Codex Committees:

  • Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
  • Codex Committee on Food Additives
  • Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food
  • Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses.

FSANZ also contributes to the scientific and technical input into several other Codex committees, including the Codex Committee on Food Labelling, the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, the Codex Committee on General Principles, and commodity committees including Fats and Oils, Fish and Fishery Products, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.

World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization

FSANZ supports the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) by participating in expert committees and meetings, including the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives.

Other networks

In addition, we collaborate with other international risk assessment or regulatory agencies through networks such as the International Food Chemical Safety Liaison Group, the International Microbiological Food Safety Liaison Group,​ and the Food Safety Regulatory Economics Working Group and Social Sciences International Liaison Group (formerly Quads groups).

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