The International Code Documentation Centre (ICDC) was formalised in 1991 during a meeting in the Hague, Netherlands to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. That meeting proposed that there should be one worldwide centre to collect and analyse draft legislation and other measures to implement the International Code. ICDC would also serve as a training and publications unit. ICDC is registered as a Dutch Foundation.
ICDC, part of the global International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), operates from the IBFAN Penang office, based in Malaysia. ICDC advises the leading organisations in child health: UNICEF, WHO, and the global IBFAN network. As ICDC’s focus is on the implementation of the International Code, we keep track of Code implementation measures worldwide, and house the most complete collection of national legislation and other measures taken by countries to implement the Code. We also publish reports on Code implementation and compliance. Other core activities include
- analyse, compare, and evaluate the different measures, using the International Code as a yardstick
- offer skills training in Code implementation and in effective monitoring of marketing practices
- assist governments in drafting legislation.
Mission and Vision
ICDC envisions a world where mothers make infant feeding decisions free from commercial influence. When mothers are given the chance to breastfeed without competition from baby food industry promotions and marketing hype, they can make well-informed decisions.
ICDC works to stop the promotion of breastmilk substitutes by encouraging and supporting governments to implement the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes as law. Our actions aim to
- create an environment supportive of breastfeeding and “baby-friendly” initiatives
- reduce infant deaths and illness caused by breastmilk substitutes