APEC Food Safety Modernization Framework to Facilitate Trade

The APEC FSCF and FSCF PTIN have had a year's long work stream focused on modernization of food safety systems, starting with a High Level industry regulator dialogue led by China in 2015. Initial roundtables and workshops focused on industry-regulator cooperation, transparency in rulemaking, and a shift to a preventive focus. Subsequently, Australia led a series of expert meetings from 2017 to 2019 to create a Framework to assist economies to modernize their food safety systems in a manner that facilitates trade. In 2019, Australia hosted a one-day workshop to highlight their self-funded work, including the presentation of a completed framework document with an aim toward using it to inform future FSCF work. Key points expressed at this event were: the need for modernization work to be guided by international standards from Codex, employing a whole of food chain approach, including all relevant stakeholders; the importance of using a risk-based approach to ensure that border management is coordinated across competent authorities; and recognizing the need for continuous improvement.

Article Link: APEC Food Safety Modernization Framework to Facilitate Trade, June 2019, Standard Version
Article Link: APEC Food Safety Modernization Framework to Facilitate Trade, June 2019, Interactive Version


  • May 15-16, 2023, APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) PTIN Workshop on Risk Communication Related to Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs), Detroit, Michigan
  • May 17, 2023 FSCF PTIN Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and Laboratory Capacity Building of Environmental Testing for Foodborne Pathogens Workshop, Detroit, Michigan
  • May 18, 2023 FSCF Public Private Innovation Dialogue, Detroit, Michigan
  • May 19 2023, FSCF Conference, Detroit, Michigan


  • FSCF PTIN Pesticide MRL Harmonization: A Trade Facilitative Approach to MRL Compliance, December 16-17, 2020, Virtual
  • FSCF PTIN Success Stories from FSCF Export Certificate Reductions, Expected February 2021, Virtual
  • FSCF PTIN Sanitary Phytosanitary (SPS) Document Digitalization, What Industry and Government Need: Three Seminars to Collect Perspectives on E-Certification in the Past and Future, Expected Spring 2021, Virtual
  • FSCF PTIN Whole Genome Sequencing: Laboratory Capacity Building for Environmental Food Safety Testing Workstream
    • Virtual Awareness Webinars in early 2021,
    • How WGS has revolutionized food safety: from environmental sampling to foodborne disease prevention, response, and mitigation, May 2021, Virtual
    • Sub-Regional In-Lab Trainings, July 2021-October 2022,
    • Teach-Forward by Training Participants, September 2021-December 2022
    • Workshop for Food Safety Experts and Policymakers, presentations by ToTs, May 2023
  • Food Safety Cooperation Forum, 2021, Virtual
  • FSCF Partnership Training Institute Network Steering Group, 2021, Virtual

Virtual FSCF Framework on Risk Communication, Workshop 2

December 2-3, 2020


Virtual FSCF Framework on Risk Communication, Workshop 1

July 24, 2020