The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has been a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Risk Analysis of Chemicals in Food since October 2010. With a wealth of international experts coming to Hong Kong for the 53rd session of Codex Committee on Food Additives meeting (CCFA53), CFS treasured the opportunity and had taken the opportunity to organize a half-day seminar on 31 March 2023 after the CCFA53 session was officially closed, as a separate event.

The seminar, entitled "Enhancing International Partnership in Food Safety", was conducted in the afternoon of 31 March 2023 (Friday) in the Grand Ballroom of Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong. The seminar aimed at serving as a forum for sharing and exchanging the latest development and best practices in relation to various aspects of food safety. The seminar also provided a valuable occasion for enhancing the awareness of Codex Alimentarius Commission and celebrating its 60th anniversary among the various stakeholders.

Seminar Information

Date and Time
31 March 2023 2:30-5:15 pm

Grand Ballroom, Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong

Simultaneous interpretation of English and Putonghua provided

Conference Agent/Registration
Eventist Hong Kong Limited

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation
CME / CPD accreditations have been sought from the following colleges / programme / association. Participants can be accredited with CME / CPD points as follows:-

College / Programme CME / CPD Points to be Awarded
Whole Function Group- Category Other Condition
The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists 2.50 PP-NA
Hong Kong College of Community Medicine 2 PP-PP
The College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong Pending Pending
Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine 2 CME-PP
The Hong Kong College of Family Physicians 2 OEA-5.02
The Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2 PP-PN
The College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong 2 CME-PP
The Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists 1.50 PM-2.2
The Hong Kong College of Pathologists 1 CME-PP
Hong Kong College of Physicians 1 PP-PP
The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists 2 PP-OP
Hong Kong College of Radiologists 2.50 B-PP
The College of Surgeons of Hong Kong 2.50 CME-PP
Hong Kong College of Paediatricians 3 Cat. E
The Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2 Cat. B
Medical Council of Hong Kong 2 CME-PASSIVECME

Programme Rundown

Presentation material and video recording
14:00-14:30 Registration

Opening address

Dr Christine Wong
Controller, Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Hong Kong SAR, China


Codex@60: Past, present and future

Mr Tom Heilandt
Secretary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission


The Codex approach to risk analysis of detection of contaminants especially in food where there is no regulatory level

Dr Markus Lipp
Senior Food Safety Officer
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
Secretariat of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)

15:40-15:55 Coffee and tea break

Climate change and food safety

Dr Sarah Cahill
Senior Food Standards Officer
Secretariat of the Codex Alimentarius Commission


Principles of risk analysis for food additives allowed at Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

Dr Paul Honigfort
Working Group on the General Standard for Food Additives
Codex Committee on Food Additives


Enhancing international partnership in food safety: the local experience

Dr Samuel Yeung
Consultant (Community Medicine)(Risk Assessment and Communication)
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Hong Kong SAR, China

Photo Gallery

  1. The Controller of the Centre for Food Safety, Dr Christine Wong, gave an opening address for the Seminar
  2. Dr Christine Wong, presented souvenirs to officiating guest Prof Chen Zhen-yu (left) and speaker Mr Tom Heilandt (right)
  3. The Chairman of the Expert Committee on Food Safety, Prof Chen Zhen-yu, presented souvenirs to speakers: Dr Markus Lipp (left), Dr Sarah Cahill (middle) and Dr Paul Honigfort (right)
  4. Officiating guests together with the speakers took a group photo