Food Law News - FAO/WHO/WTO/Codex - 1998
23-27 November 1998: COMMITTEE - Methods of Analysis and Sampling (22nd Session)
CODEX COMMITTEE ON METHODS OF ANALYSIS AND SAMPLING (TWENTY-SECOND SESSION)
The Twenty-second Session of the Codex committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling reached the following conclusions:
Budapest, Hungary, 23 - 27 November 1998
Matters for Consideration by the Commission
- proposed to the Commission that new work be initiated on the amendments of the relevant sections of the Codex Alimentarius Commission Procedural Manual in order to enable the implementation of the criteria approach by this Committee; and
- endorsed a number of methods of analysis and sampling for 17 Codex commodity standards and the Guidelines for Nutrition Labelling.
Other Matters of Interest to the Commission and Other Codex Committees
- returned the Proposed Draft Guidelines on Sampling to Step 3 for further redrafting (1) taking into consideration comments as appropriate; (2) making the text easier, simpler and more user-friendly; (3) incorporating a new explanatory note which elucidates what is a “sampling plan” and which kind of sampling plan is to be used for the specific control to be performed; and incorporating worked examples for specific cases;
- confirmed its previous general acceptance of the criteria approach for methods of analysis for chemical entities and decided to proceed with the implementation of the criteria approach including the preparation of guidelines on the application of criteria approach by this Committee and amendments of the relevant sections of the Codex Alimentarius Commission Procedural Manual;
- requested that when the Harmonized Guidelines for the Use of Recovery Factors in Analytical Measurements was published by IUPAC, the text of the Guidelines should be circulated to member countries of the Commission by way of a Codex circular letter for comments in order for this Committee to decide at its next Session whether or not to recommend the text to the Commission for adoption by reference;
- agreed that a paper should be prepared on the need and definitions of measurement limits in relation to the Analytical Terminology for Codex Use for consideration at its next Session;
- decided to defer further discussion on measurement uncertainty pending the publication of the EURACHEM Guide on Measurement Uncertainty and to request a paper on the relationship between the analytical result, measurement uncertainty and specification in Codex standards;
- decided to request a paper on the use of information from the proficiency testing studies for the elaboration of characteristics of in-house validated methods for consideration at its next Session and agreed that when the next draft of the Harmonized Guidelines for the In-house Validation of Methods of Analysis became available by IUPAC, it would consider the text to determine its suitability for Codex purposes;
- agreed that it would have no objection to the use of proprietary methods, provided that similar methods or materials supplying similar results were available;
- agreed to ask Codex commodity committees to provide information as required by the Checklists contained in the Codex Alimentarius, Volume 13, and the Codex Alimentarius Commission Procedural Manual, when they send methods of analysis and sampling to this Committee for endorsement;
- recommended that commodity committees should select methods from the existing Codex general methods wherever possible and use the SI unit system in the specifications of Codex standards;
- agreed to refer back to the Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables the question regarding tolerances permitted for the declaration of net drained weight as it felt that the issue was rather a technological problem and that it would not seem feasible to establish general tolerances for net drained weight;
- agreed that information should be sought from commodity committees on the acceptance of the statistical approach to sampling when defining compliance with the specifications in Codex standards;
- agreed to refer the annex of CX/MAS 98/5 concerning trade dispute situations to the Codex Committee on food Import and Export Inspection and Certification System for consideration;
- felt it inappropriate to combine the Draft Revised Recommended Methods of Sampling for the Determination of Pesticide Residues for Compliance with MRLs developed by the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) with the Proposed Draft Guidelines on Sampling as they were based on two different approaches; and agreed to forward all written and oral comments on the former text to the CCPR for consideration; and
- noted the report of the 13th Inter-Agency Meeting.
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