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General guidance for the provisions of comments

Governments and international organizations in Observer status with the Codex Alimentarius Commission wishing to submit comments should do so in writing, preferably by email, to the address as indicated in the working paper. In order to facilitate the compilation of comments and prepare more useful comments’ document, Members and Observers are requested to provide their comments in the format outlined here after.

In order to facilitate the compilation of comments and prepare more useful comments’ document, Members and Observers, which are not yet doing so, are requested to provide their comments under the following headings:

  • (i) General Comments
  • (ii) Specific Comments

Specific comments should include a reference to the relevant section and/or paragraph of the document that the comments refer to.

When changes are proposed to specific paragraphs, Members and Observers are requested to provide their proposal for amendments accompanied by the related rationale. New texts should be presented in underlined/bold font and deletion in strikethrough font.

In order to facilitate the work of the Secretariats to compile comments, Members and Observers are requested to refrain from using colour font/shading as documents are printed in black and white and from using track change mode, which might be lost when comments are copied / pasted into a consolidated document.

In order to reduce the translation work and save paper, Members and Observers are requested not to reproduce the complete document but only those parts of the texts for which any change and/or amendments is proposed.

Example of how comments should be prepared:

SECTION 2 OBJECTIVE

Paragraph 4 - At the end of the last sentence add the words "and can be applied as relevant to any inspections of establishments or other facilities that may occur as part of an audit." So the last sentence would read "This annex applies equally to assessments carried out onsite or by documentary review alone and can be applied as relevant to any inspections of establishments or other facilities that may occur as part of an audit".

Rationale: To remove duplication of concepts – standardized and consistent. Efficiency is an outcome of following these guidelines and should be included here. To clarify the use of inspection as an associated tool not the prime focus.

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