Enabling global principle-based regulation: The case of risk analysis in the Codex Alimentarius
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Regulation & Governance
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 207–224, June 2012
How to Cite
Demortain, D. (2012), Enabling global principle-based regulation: The case of risk analysis in the Codex Alimentarius. Regulation & Governance, 6: 207–224. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2012.01144.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
- Accepted for publication 30 March 2012.
- Codex Alimentarius;
- food safety;
- global regulation;
- principle-based standards;
- risk analysis
This paper deals with the creation of global principle-based standards. For such standards to be accepted and effective, particular conditions must be fulfilled. One such condition, little explored, is that standard-makers and -takers share knowledge about the meaning of the principles, as well as the practices through which they are likely to be applied. The paper shows that this condition is fulfilled when transnational cultural systems exist, by means of which both types of actors engage in the explication and representation of their practices so that a common, standard understanding emerges of how principles may be interpreted on the ground and informs the negotiations. A transnational cultural system is a crucial governance infrastructure to set global standards, as shown by the long history of creating a risk analysis guideline by the Codex Alimentarius, the inter-governmental body for food standards.