Code Related

After years of lobbying efforts by breastfeeding advocates, the Hong Kong SAR Government has recently decided to revive the stalled marketing code that gives effect to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes ("Hong Kong Code"). The government plans to the Hong Kong Code into effect around mid-2017 after a lapse of 5 years and several rounds of consultations....

In October 2016, the Council of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) announced its decision to continue accepting funding from baby food companies to support their activities. This is despite a successful motion adopted at RCPCH’s 2016 AGM for the practice to cease. The decision by the Council of RCPCH, its formal decision making body, is a disappointment to many who look to the UK institution for leadership in matters affecting child health. It sets a bad example for other national health professional associations....

In October last year, IBFAN-ICDC blew the whistle against blatant violations of the Cambodian Law (Sub-Decree on Marketing of Products for Infants and Young Child Feeding, also known as Sub-Decree 133) that gives effect to the Code but remains largely unenforced. Under Sub-Decree 133, promotion of infant and young child feeding products at point-of-sale and healthcare facilities are not allowed. ...

In a bizarre episode that shows no country can afford to rest on its laurels after successful Code implementation, Fiji’s labelling provisions vanished. Fiji amended their Food Safety Regulations on 23 June 2016 that has the effect of deleting all labelling provisions in Part IV of its Marketing Controls (Foods for Infants and Young Children) Regulations 2010. ...

WHO has been undergoing a reform process for the past few years in three main areas: programmatic, managerial, and governance. FENSA, the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors, part of WHO’s governance reform, was adopted through WHA Resolution 69.10 on 28 May, 2016....

We anticipate that in the near future, many will be approached by the Breastfeeding Friendly Country Index Project, developed by The Yale School of Public Health in partnership with the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation of Zug, Switzerland. ICDC would like to highlight that the sponsoring Foundation is also the owner of Medela, a breast pump manufacturer and a violator of the International Code....

As a result of monitoring submitted by ICDC voluntary monitors, ICDC was able to blow the whistle against blatant violations of the Cambodian Law which gives effect to the Code but remains largely unenforced. ...