The Organizational Structure of the Department of Technical Affairs
1.The Department of Technical Affairs is under the direct management and leadership of the General Department of Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Repression of the Ministry of Commerce with the following principal functions and duties:
The Office for Technical Affairs on Food Products is an office in charge of researching, studying and advising on the quality and safety of food products, drafting technical regulations related to quality and safety of food products, and communicating with the institution of standard, the institution of inspection and other stakeholders to provide technical advice on the inspection and monitoring programme for the quality and safety of food products.
The Office for Technical Affairs on Food Products has core activities as below:
The Office for Technical Affairs on Non-Food Products is the office in charge of research, study and advice on the quality and safety of non-food products, the drafting of technical regulations related to the quality and safety of non-food products, and communication with the institutions of standards and inspection and other stakeholders to provide technical advice on the inspection and monitoring programmes for the quality and safety of non-food products. In 2020, this office conducted studies on agricultural fertilizers from neighboring countries and studies about the domestic and European regulations in relation to cosmetics. Moreover, the office also conducted a research study on recalled products in the market in the United States for 18 selected notifications and a number of products within the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of European Union for 20 selected notifications. Meanwhile, the office has also conducted a study on the Cosmetic Advertising Code in Malaysia.
The Office for Biotechnology Products has duties toresearch and collect technical documents and regulations related to the research of biotechnology products, to codify the collection of risk information for assessing the hazardous risks of biotechnology products, to manage the technical aspects of the quality and safety of biotechnology products, to gather technical opinions on the surveillance programme for biotechnology products, to communicate with national and international institutions related to biotechnology products, and to perform other duties as assigned by the management of the department.
The Office for Providing Responses on the Implementation of Food Safety Rules and Codex Affairs is the office in charge of receiving and providing information in relation to the implementation of sanitary and hygiene rules in the international trade sector, researching specific hygiene and phytosanitary measures that are beneficial to the exportation of agricultural products and Cambodian food products, publishing notifications on sanitation and phytosanitary measures prepared by the WTO member countries and territories to the stakeholders in Cambodia, and collecting, managing, and storing all technical, scientific, standard and regulatory documents.
In 2020, the Office for Providing Response on the Implementation of Food Safety Rules and Codex Affairs conducted studies and selected notifications, which are or may be related to the production and trade of Cambodian food and agricultural products with a number of countries and local administrations that are currently trading partners or potential trading partners to Cambodia. As a result, the office selected 767 notifications (485 notifications for food products safety, 79 notifications for plants protection and 203 notifications for animal health protection) prepared by countries including such as: the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, China, Egypt, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Moldova, Myanmar, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Tanzania, the United States and South Africa. The office also submitted notifications to the public and private institutions such as:
The Office for Technical Communication on Product Safety Information is the office in charge of researching, collecting and studying information related to product quality and safety in other countries, communicating national level information within the food and product security information systems in ASEAN and other regions, and compiling all data and information on products that are not in compliance with product quality and safety requirements.
The Office for Technical Communication on Product Safety Information has the following core activities:
3.Main Development Partners consist of:
Helen Keller Organization; and
Alive & Thrive Organization
4.Main Activities of the Department of Technical Affairs are: Capacity building activities for officials at some branches of General Department of Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Protection:
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