Expert Working Groups (EWGs)

In 2016, five Expert Working Groups (EWGs) were established, comprising more than 45 representatives from national food safety authorities in the Arab region


The overall mandate of the EWGs is the formulation and implementation of roadmaps, to further support the food safety standards harmonization process in the Arab region.


The scope of work is guided by five key food safety priority areas, identified by the ATF members. Each EWG is tasked with one of the following priority areas:


  1. Risk Assessment

  2. Inspection & Certification Systems

  3. Country Needs Assessment

  4. Codex Coordination

  5. Arab Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (ARASFF)


The EWGs function under the umbrella of national food safety competent authorities of the lead country.

SAFE is a Sida funded project implemented by UNIDO in partnership with LAS, AIDMO, AOAD