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The Foreign Affairs Management Working Group

          The Foreign Affairs Working Group has established since 2008.  The working group consists of members from 19 offices in the FDA and functions as a manager for FDA in order to cope with the international issues and cooperation.


          1. To develop and to make recommendations for the protection of consumer health about the foreign affairs for the FDA.
          2. To plan meetings and to develop plans relating to the protection of consumer health about foreign affairs for the FDA.
          3. To develop plans and cooperation projects about foreign mission for the FDA.


Implementation of Important Resolution:

           Since 2006 until now (March 2013), the Foreign Affairs Working Group has set up 37 joint meetings summarized as follows:
           1. To consider the proposed yearly budget plan and monitor the actual spending in foreign missions for the FDA.
           2. To follow up on issues for which the FDA should follow upon the resolutions from the International Meeting.
           3. To prepare data and topic including determine the position of the FDA in the International Meeting.
           4. To monitor and make progress report on practical application of principles for international negotiations (Code of Conduct) into action, and to develop negotiating teams for the FDA.
           5. To prepare a scope for preliminary framework for negotiations on standardization of testing and certification, this is under the supervision of the ASEAN Consultative  Committee on Standard and Quality (ACCSQ).
           6. To get ready for ASEAN Community by 2015 and prepare strategic plans to join the ASEAN Economic Community.
           7. To discuss and prepare the foreign affairs development plan for the FDA for the year 2011 to 2014.





Thai FDA Strategic Plan to support and enter the ASEAN Economic Community



To develop a strategic plan to enter the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC 2015) with the participation of all sectors.

To support, monitor, and evaluate the projects under the Strategic Development Plan to support and enter the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC 2015) of the Food and Drug Administration.


Making of guidelines for international negotiations (Code of Conduct)

Background and Objectives

          In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) realized the need for performance standard especially for staff who conducted international negotiation and meeting. All agencies should comply with the guidelines for international negotiations (Code of Conduct) such as goal preparation, attitude / negotiating options, including written intervention. This is for the purposes of efficiency and effectiveness for the consumer protection, consistency international policy, reduction of redundant tasks, elimination of unfair trade, and best benefit for Thailand.

The Process

          The Office of Foreign Affairs has prepared a manual for international meeting and negotiations (Code of Conduct). To be the same standard procedures for all FDA  personnel, the manual states details about approval process, goal setting, position/ options in meeting/ negotiation, clearly written intervention including  standard report preparation. The preparation for international negotiations must complete all of the following three steps.
          1. Step before meeting / negotiation, prepare position/ options/ interventions, consult the legal counsel's office and stakeholders and submit the interventions to the Secretaty-General of FDA for an approval.
          2. Step during meeting / negotiation.
          3. Step for conclusion report of the meeting / negotiation.

Overall Result

         In 2009, the Secretary General of the FDA has approved that every offices must follow the guidelines for international negotiations.
         The trial process began voluntarily in 2010. The objective is to find obstacles and ways to improve the Code of Conduct.
         The revised 2011 guidelines for the international negotiations (Code of Conduct) was released and set up as a measurement of the strategic plan of the FDA. Every office who conducts international meetings / negotiations must implement the Code of Conduct not less than 60 percent of the operations. During December 2010 to December 2011, 80 percent has been successfully conducted.
         In 2012, FDA planed to use the Code of Conduct for 70 percent of international operations but the actual conduct was 91.89 percent from October 2011 to June 2012.




Capacity Building of Thai Food and Drug Administration Negotiation Team in 2013.

1. English  Training Course at Wall Street Institute

2. International Agreement Courses

   2.1 Mutual Recognition Agreement : MRA

   2.2 Sanitary and phytosanitary  : SPS



    2.3 Technical  Barriers to Trade : TBT




   2.4 Import Licensing

3. Negotiation Course by NIDA








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