The Working Group consists of technical-level representatives of STDF’s partners and donors, as well as the experts of developing countries. It also includes participation by the Secretariats of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). It reviews and approves the STDF’s work programmes and funding requests, and oversees operation of the STDF Secretariat. Responsibilities of the Working Group include:
Preparation of work programmes;
Exchange of experiences in relation to the provision and implementation of SPS-related technical cooperation;
Guiding the development of resources for coordination and dissemination of good practice; and
Support for fund raising activities.
The Working Group has final responsibility for allocating grants and it normally meets at least twice a year.