Biosafety Clearing-House News
The Ghana National Biosafety Committee (NBC) has approved multi-location trials of Bt. Cotton (Bollgard II) at six (6) locations in the Northern Region of the country. This bring to four (4) the number of permits granted by the Ghana NBC for the trial of GM crops in the country. More...
Un total de casi 20 representantes de instituciones atendieron la invitación para participar en un taller de inducción para fortalecimiento del manejo de la información sobre bioseguridad y organismos vivos modificados en el contexto de Guatemala. More...
The Environment General Authority (EGA)held “The national training workshop for effective participation in the Biosafety clearing-house” in Tripoli during the period from 18-21 March 2012, with the participation of 11 specialists from the relevant authorities. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Ossama Abdelkawy the UNEP- DELC Regional Advisor, on different topics related to the Biosafety Clearing House mechanism.
The workshop is part of the activities of the second phase of the Biosafety clearing-house project, which is implemented by Tripoli through EGA and in collaboration with UNEP-DELC
As a commitment to contribute towards the objectives of the Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) recently hosted an international workshop on building an innovative biodiversity information architecture for South Africa, one that can also be applied in other African countries. More...
Tras completar con éxito el Proyecto BCH-II, el CONAP impartió el 5 de febrero de 2012 un taller de inducción sobre fundamentos de los OVMs y la regulación de la seguridad de la biotecnología, adaptado para el personal de distintos departamentos relacionados a los OVMs y la seguridad de la biotecnología. Los contenidos permitieron formar a tomadores de decisiones técnicos y legales de distinto nivel, en el conocimiento de los aspectos sustantivos a manejar en la evaluación de solicitudes de aprobación de OVMs y asuntos afines. More...
ورشة عمل تدريبية حول مشروع غرفة السلامة الأحيائية ضمن نشاطات مشروع تفعيل غرفة السلامة الأحيائية المرحلة الثانية BCH II يشارك في الورشة التي تستمر لمدة خمسة أيام متدربون من الوزارات والهيئات ذات الصلة وهي ( وزارة الدولة لشؤون البيئة – وزارة الزراعة و الإصلاح الزراعي- وزارة الصحة- هيئة الطاقة الذرية- هيئة التقانات الحيوية – وزارة الاقتصاد والتجارة الخارجية). More...
The Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) welcomes regulators from the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) for their study tour on Philippine biosafety regulations, as well as its implementation of the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH).
The visit to the Philippine Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH Pilipinas) is scheduled on December 3-5, 2012 in order to observe and enhance BAFRA's knowledge and learn from the Philippines' experience in setting-up, administering, and sustaining the operations of the country's web-based national information sharing system. The BCH Pilipinas is established in compliance with Article 20 of the Protocol to serve as a one-stop shop of all biosafety-related information available in the country. It includes among others, the national focal points, Competent National Authorities involved in GM regulations, national laws, regulations governing GMOs, risk assessments and country decisions on GMOs, capacity-building initiatives, and national reports.
The visit will focus on activities in lined to strengthen BAFRA’s institutional and technical capacity to better respond to the requirements of the Biosafety Protocol. The BCH Pilipinas shall facilitate the said activity.
The BCH Pilipinas will also facilitate the visit to the country’s existing structures like the GM Detection Laboratory of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI); the database of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD); and, the projects handled by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on transgenic rice and GM jatropha by the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
This effort is directed towards ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Biosafety Protocol.
Ghana has approved three applications for Confined Field Trials of Living Modified Organisms. The applications were submitted by two institutions of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The approvals were granted on Friday November 16, 2012 following reviews by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the NBC. More...
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Commission of the UEMOA, organized a national workshop of restitution of the trainers training on the biotechnology and biosafety in Abidjan.
This workshop aims to increasing competences of the national institutions in charge of the biosafety. More...
The Biotechnology Public Information Unit of the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Fisheries and Agriculture Information Services of the DA conducted a Seminar in Agricultural Biotechnology for information Officers of the Department on 8-10 November 2012 in Punta Villa Resort, Iloilo City. The Seminar is a build-up activity in Celebration of the 2012 National Biotechnology Week.
The Seminar intends to create awareness among the Information Officers of the Bureaus and Agencies under the Department of Agriculture nationwide on the application of Modern Biotechnology in the areas of agriculture, livestock and fisheries. The Seminar presented the increasing global adoption of biotechnology crops and its impact on global security, discussed the on-going initiatives carried out by public research institutions in the development of Bt eggplant, Golden Rice which are under the regulatory oversight of the Bureau of Plant Industry. Discussions were also focused on the marker assisted initiatives in the area of fisheries and animal biotechnology particularly, in water buffalo. Domestic regulations on agricultural crops were also presented as well as communicating the experiences, challenges and key messages required in communicating biotechnology and biosafety to the public.
The domestic regulatory fraework on GM crops was presented along with the Biosafety Clearing House ( BCH), the web-based information platform established in support to the countrys policy on public accountability and transparency. In response to the query for source of reliable information, the partticipants were directed to access the Biosafety Clearing House for information about biotechnology and biosafety, specifically the risk assessment and decisions taken by countries to the Protocol, the training modules and educational materials which can be used as reference and popularizing the BCH and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
The BCH and its features will again be presented to various stakeholders during the week-long celebration of the National Biotechnology Week on 26-30 November 2012.
Julieta Fe L. Estacio
Project Development Officer IV
Department of Science and Technology
And National Focal Point, BCH Pilipinas