ASEAN Expert Group on Food Safety (AEGFS) is a subsidiary body under Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development (SOMHD). The main objectives of AEGFS are not only to improve food safety of ASEAN countries, but also to facilitate food trade and formulate a strategic plan to address important food safety issues for mutual benefits. Besides those responsibilities, AEGFS also provides assistants to ASEAN Governments to develop and strengthen food safety infrastructures and programmes which support them to deal with their new obligations and rights related to the safety and quality of food in both regional and international trade.
To achieve its objectives, AEGFS developed ASEAN Food Safety Improvement Plan (AFSIP) covering activities in 10 areas which Information Sharing Programme is one of the priority areas. According to the agreement of the 4th AEGFS in Laos PDR, ASEAN Food Safety Network (AFSN) which has already served as a platform for coordinating and exchanging information on non-tariff barrier for AMCs and ASEAN bodies related to food safety, was assigned to serve as a coordinating forum for Information Sharing for AEGFS to cooperate and deal with information on food safety.