Menu ENN Search

International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes & Resolutions

Author: WHO/UNICEF
Resource type: Official

The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, 1981, and subsequent resolutions by the WHO/UNICEF.

The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes 1981 and subsequent WHA resolutions are known as ‘the Code’. The aim of the Code is to contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants, by the protection and promotion of breastfeeding, and by ensuring the proper use of breastmilk substitutes, when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and through appropriate marketing and distribution. In order to do this it has provisions for governments, the health care system and health workers, the general public and mothers, and manufacturers and distributors of products covered by the Code. The Code is the minimum requirement (WHA34.22). Everyone should be aware of the Code and are responsible to ensure that it is not violated. 

The text of the international code can be found here (IBFAN) or here (WHO). Subsequent resolutions can be found on the IBFAN website. You can also buy the 'blue book' on the code and subsequent resolutions, as well as other supporting resources from Baby Milk Action.

Download

international-code.pdf (PDF, 553kb)

More like this

FEX: The Code and the Operational Guidance

This mother had exclusively breastfed all her children, including this baby whom she breastfed throughout the war in Lebanon. The aim of the International Code of the...

Resource: A Health Workers' Guide to the International Code of Marketing of Breastfmilk Substitutes

Protecting Infant Health. A Health Workers' Guide to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. 10th edition. Availability: IBFAN-ICDC International Code...

Resource: International Code: Making Sense of the Code

Flyer for a 'do it yourself' training kit on The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Trainer's guide, teaching modules, teaching charts, and CD Rom....

FEX: International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes

The International Code Documentation Centre will hold its annual training course on implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and...

Resource: IFE Core Group Strategy 2020-2024

Introduction The Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group is a global collaboration of agencies and individuals that formed in 1999 to address policy guidance and...

en-net: SAVE THE DATE: 28 May 2020, 3 PM (CEST) - Online Launch of the 2020 Status Report on the Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes

Dear colleagues, You are invited to join us for the online launch of the 2020 Status Report on the National Implementation of the Code of Marketing of Breast-milk...

FEX: Violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: Indonesia context

Research snapshot1 Information and promotional materials produced by breast-milk substitute (BMS) companies and the distribution of free samples of BMS have a well understood...

en-net: Does the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes applies for Ready to Use commercially produced complementary foods ?

this question is regarding how the Code applies to commercially produced complementary foods and if they could be used as a demonstration method by health workers for...

FEX: Infant Feeding Practices: Observations from Macedonia and Kosovo

As a result of concerns expressed about the usage of infant formula and a need for more information regarding weaning practices during and after the conflict in Kosovo, Action...

FEX: Draft Guidelines for the Marketing of Ready to Use Supplemental Foods for Children

In the absence of guidelines to govern the marketing of ready to use supplemental foods (RUSFs), members of the UNSCN NGO/CSO constituency drafted a guidance to specifically...

FEX: Infant formula advertising in medical journals: a cross-sectional study (and struggle to publish)

By Sarah Morgan, Tony Waterston and Marko Kerac View this article as a pdf Sarah Morgan is a Public Health Registrar currently working with National Health Service (NHS)...

FEX: Philippine Nutrition Cluster’s battle for the best: the breast

By Ms. Florinda Panlilio, Department of Health, Philippines Ms. Florinda Panlilio is a Nutritionist-Dietitian IV in the Department of Health -Health Emergency Management...

en-net: Invitation to the IGAD Webinar on: Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of all Foods for Infants and Young Children- August 4th 2020, 3pm Nairobi Time

Dear Colleagues Inter-governmental Agency on Development IGAD will be hosting the next webinar on August 4th at 3pm Nairobi time titled “ World Health Assembly...

FEX: IBFAN-GIFA

Name IBFAN-GIFA (International Baby Food Action Network - Geneva Infant Feeding Association) Address 11 Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland Year...

en-net: Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Consultancy - Save the Children

Save the Children is looking for an IYCF-E expert to provide technical expertise on IYCF-E to build capacity within the nutrition cluster and to design a comprehensive response...

FEX: Livelihood assessment approaches in emergencies

A paper and recently summarised editorial1,2 Violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes have been previously reported in Field Exchange3. A...

FEX: Making Sense of the Code: new training materials

A 'do-it-yourself' training package on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (the Code) is now available. It was developed drawing on the extensive...

Resource: Humanitarian Funding Guidelines for NGOs

The Department for International Development(DFID)UKs recently published Humanitarian Funding Guidelines include a commitment to the implementation of the International Code...

en-net: Protecting, promoting, supporting breastfeeding - when/where did this phrase first appear?

Hello all In relation to the concept that breastfeeding needs protection, promotion and support, I'm trying to find out who came up with this idea / where it was first...

FEX: Why invest and what it will take to improve breastfeeding practices?

Summary of research1 Location: Global What we know: Global breastfeeding rates remain far below international targets, commitment to breastfeeding in terms of policy and...

Close

Reference this page

WHO/UNICEF (). International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes & Resolutions. www.ennonline.net/internationalcoderesolutions

(ENN_96)

Close

Download to a citation manager

The below files can be imported into your preferred reference management tool, most tools will allow you to manually import the RIS file. Endnote may required a specific filter file to be used.