Harmonisation of Standards

FIA helps to address the most challenging trade barriers in Asia by advocating regional harmonisation of regulatory standards in alignment with global guidelines such as Codex Alimentarius. Our regional efforts seek to ensure the highest level of consumer protection as well as support commercial viability of the industry in the international trading environment. .

Set up as a separate legal-entity fully funded and supported by FIA, the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) works in partnership with national industry associations to support and accelerate the ASEAN harmonisation process.

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  • The third and final paper of the FIA-Oxford Economics series cautions that a general shift towards either restricting food exports in order to protect domestic “food security” or to increase barriers to food imports to protect domestic producers during the recovery (when competition for household spending will be greater) would ultimately undermine food production and price stability in the countries taking these measures.
    13 Oct 2020
    Economic Risk Matrix for the food sector developed by FIA and Oxford Economics identifies risks and opportunities for post-Covid recovery
    The third and final paper of the FIA-Oxford Economics series cautions that a general shift towards either restricting food exports in order to protect domestic “food security” or to increase barriers to food imports to protect domestic producers during the recovery (when competition for household spending will be greater) would ultimately undermine food production and price stability in the countries taking these measures.
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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to impact our food production system at a critical time. With the situation evolving day by day, FIA Executive Director Matt Kovac addresses some of the challenges the food supply chain is facing and the importance of ensuring that food availability and access are maintained at this time of unprecedented crisis.
    06 Apr 2020
    Asia's Food Chain Resilience during COVID-19
    The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to impact our food production system at a critical time. With the situation evolving day by day, FIA Executive Director Matt Kovac addresses some of the challenges the food supply chain is facing and the importance of ensuring that food availability and access are maintained at this time of unprecedented crisis.
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  • The recently concluded ASEAN Summit brought together regional leaders to discuss challenges in an effort to facilitate trade and achieve greater economic integration. Despite the efforts made in the harmonisation of regulations and food industry standards, more can be done to identify and address regulatory hurdles, particularly those relating to food security and safety.
    27 Jun 2019
    What Progress Has ASEAN Made in Aligning Food Industry Standards?
    The recently concluded ASEAN Summit brought together regional leaders to discuss challenges in an effort to facilitate trade and achieve greater economic integration. Despite the efforts made in the harmonisation of regulations and food industry standards, more can be done to identify and address regulatory hurdles, particularly those relating to food security and safety.
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  • FIA spoke to Cuong Ba Tran, Assistant Director of the Trade Facilitation Division from the ASEAN Secretariat, on the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community, the challenges that ASEAN is facing as well as the steps needed to tackle them.
    15 Jan 2019
    Progressive Harmonisation Efforts in ASEAN
    FIA spoke to Cuong Ba Tran, Assistant Director of the Trade Facilitation Division from the ASEAN Secretariat, on the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community, the challenges that ASEAN is facing as well as the steps needed to tackle them.
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