The Inter-Agency Meeting (IAM)

This message was sent on behalf of Tom Heilandt, Codex Secretary, www.codexalimentarius.org

The Codex Secretariat, in agreement with the respective host secretariats of the Codex Committee Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) has regrettably cancelled the upcoming 2020 sessions due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The chairpersons of the committee are in consultation with the chairpersons of Electronic Working Groups (EWGs) and the Codex Secretariat to explore the possibility of working by correspondence with a view to progressing some of the work in the step process for consideration by CAC43 in July 2020.

The Codex Secretariat will also seek to establish a mechanism whereby EWGs can continue their work through to the next session of the respective committees.

This cancellation concerns the following meetings in Budapest, Hungary:
Cancelled! Inter Agency Meeting (IAM) scheduled for Friday, 8 May 2020
Cancelled! Methods Endorsement Meeting scheduled for Saturday, 9 May 2020
Cancelled! MoniQA Workshop for Codex Delegates on “Food Fraud Prevention and Risk Based Food Allergen Management” scheduled ofr Sunday 10 May 2020
Cancelled! CCMAS 41 – The Codex Committee Methods of Analysis and Sampling scheduled for Monday through Thursday 11-14 May 2020

Last week Hungary declared a state of emergency for the entire country. As such, all meetings are suspended and will be postponed. At this time there is no information on new dates. We will update on possible rescheduling as soon as we have more information. Thank you for understanding.


A series of meetings of International Organizations working in the field of methods of analysis and sampling of food products and associated quaility assurance measures.

MoniQA 2017


The aim of the Inter-Agency Meeting (IAM) is to promote co-operation between international organizations (INGOs and IGOs) working on methods of analysis and sampling and the associated quality assurance measures, and to support the needs of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Commission is an inter-governmental organization considers and sets standards for food products and international trade. Standards may address compositional, additive or contaminant issues. In addition, the Commission elaborates methods of analysis and sampling to "enforce" such standards.

The IAM provides a unique opportunity for those organizations working in the food analysis sector to discuss common problems and the opportunities to harmonize approaches to be ultimate benefit of the users of the products of organizations working in the area of the analytical methods.

The Inter-Agency Meeting:

  • Develops and/or recommends common rules for the validation of methods of analysis and sampling and associated quality assurance measures
  • Assists the Codex Alimentarius Commission in its need for methods of analysis and sampling and associated quality assurance measures
  • Promotes co-ordination between the organizations concerned
  • Addresses problems which require international collaboration
  • Promotes uniformity of terminology relative to its field of activity

Click here to go to the IAM documents download page!


The Secretariat is currently held by USP and the MoniQA Association.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Richard Cantrill (Chair IAM)
MoniQA Past President

Phone: +1 217 979 9123

Email: Richard [dot] Cantrill [at] gmail [dot] com


IAM Membership

Current Members of the Inter-Agency Meeting, or organisations which contribute to it, include:


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