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Changing the Code

Information for applicants

Anyone may apply to change the Food Standards Code whether they are an individual, organisation or company (from Australia, New Zealand or any other country). Read more about applying to change the code.

Before making an application, you should first determine whether the food product you wish to supply already complies with the Food Standards Code.

Documents for public comment

Transparency and public consultation are an important part of the standards development process. You can view and comment on applications and proposals undergoing the assessment process here. Other documents available for public comment may also be listed. If you wish to be placed on a mailing list for future advice on a specific application or proposal, please email attaching this sheet [ word ] with completed details.

Information for submitters

Written submissions from interested individuals and organisations are an important part of the standards development process. They help in FSANZ assess matters relevant to an application or proposal. Issues for consideration can include regulatory impact, technical matters, safety and labelling. This page provides information on the submissions processes. More


Applications (both current and finalised) are listed, with their related Assessment Reports. More


Proposals are prepared by FSANZ to consider changes to the Code. Proposals (both current and finalised) are listed, with their related Reports. More

Maximum residue limits

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) can now vary maximum residue limits (MRLs) in Schedule 20 to reflect residues that may occur in food after chemical products are used for agricultural and veterinary purposes in Australia. FSANZ will continue to amend the Standard as required via our statutory processes. More

Gazette notices

Gazettal of amendments to the Code occurs throughout the year in both Australia and New Zealand. Once a standard or variation to a standard is gazetted, it is adopted by reference into the laws of the Australian states and territories, and into the Commonwealth Imported Food Control Act 1992. In New Zealand, a Food Standard reflecting the changes in the Gazette, is issued and comes into effect 28 days after the initial Gazettal in New Zealand. More


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