Several workshops, seminars and Colloquia have been organised by
various organisations in collaboration with, and in some instances
with financial support from biotechnology companies. Examples
include the following:
1. ISAAA Biosafety Workshop in Costa Rica; February 1992: Focused
on "development of capacity for regulating field trials of
transgenic crops, specifically the concurrent Mexican transgenic
potato field trials". Involved 16 individuals (8 from Costa Rica
and 8 from Mexico).
2. IICA/ISAAA Biosafety Workshop in Argentina; November 1992:
Focused on the development of national capacity in regulating the
field trials of transgenic crops and exploration of the possibility
of regionalizing regulations and harmonizing approaches. It
involved 5 individuals from each from Argentina, Bolivia , Brazil,
Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
3. ISAAA Biosafety Workshop in Indonesia; April 1994 for 5 days:
Focused on development of capacity for regulating field trails of
transgenic crops, and exploring the possibility of regionalizing
regulations and harmonizing approaches. It involved a total of 3-6
individuals each from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines,
Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam Asgrow Seeds, Novartis, Monsanto and
Pioneer Hi-Bred International participated.
4. ISAAA/APHIS Biosafety Workshop in Kenya on Biotech Policy; March
1995 for 3 days: Focused on development of capacity in regulating
field trials of transgenic crops. It involved approximately 8
individuals each from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania,
Uganda and Zimbabwe. AgrEvo, Asgrow Seeds, Novartis, Monsanto and
Pioneer Hi-Bred International were involved.
5. ISAAA/ICARDA Biosafety Workshop in Kenya; March 1995 for 2 days:
Focused on the review of actual field trials and biosafety aspects
of a transgenic sorghum, a crop of relevance to Africa. It involved
approximately 8 individuals each from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. AgrEvo, Asgrow Seeds,
Novartis, Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred International were involved.
6. ISAAA Biosafety Workshop on development of a joint and
harmonized field trial application of transgenic papayas; December
1998 for 4 days. It involved 1-2 biosafety committee regulators
from each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and
Vietnam and scientists from AARD, BIOTEC, Institute of
Biotechnology, Institute of Plant Breeding, Kasetsart University,
and MARDI. East West Seeds and Monsanto were involved.
7. ISAAA/KARI Workshop on Advances in Mosaic Streak Virus Disease
Research in Eastern and Southern Africa; September 1999.
8. Biosafety Workshop in Egypt; January 26-27, 1994: Focused on
creating awareness and strengthening the biosafety regulatory
framework. Funded under the USAID-ABSP project. Asgrow Seed
Company, Calgene, ICI Seed Company, and Monsanto were
9. CamBioTec Seminar on Harmonization of Biosafety Regulations in
Mexico; April 1997: Focused on training of Mexican regulatory
officers and researchers on the need to harmonize biosafety
regulations vis-à-vis NAFTA. BIOTECanada with AAFC; APHIS/USDA and
10. CamBioTec Seminars on Biosafety in Agricultural and Agri-Food
Biotechnology in Argentina; April 1997 and June 1997: Focused on
training Argentinean regulatory officers and researchers.
BIOTECanada, Foro Argentino de Biotecnologia and Biosidus
(Argentina) were involved.
11. CamBioTec Workshop on "Introduction to Risk Assessment and
Management: Elements for setting Policies in Environmental Health"
in Chile; December 1997: Discussion focused on guidelines for
establishing suitable policies and strategies in the risk
assessment and management process.
12. Workshop on Transgenic Maize in Chile; September 1997: Focused
on discussion of key regulatory issues regarding contained field
trials and commercialization of imported transgenic maize in Chile.
BIOTECanada and Chile National Association of Seed Producers were
13. Latin America & Caribbean Region Biosafety Workshop; 10-13
May 1993: Focused on reviewing the status of biosafety guidelines
and regulations in the region for testing and utilization of
genetically engineered food crops and assisting participants in
developing work plans and recommendations to begin building the
necessary biosafety policies and guidelines in their respective
countries. The following companies were involved: Agribiotecnologia
de Costa Rica S.A., Asgrow Seed Company, ICI Seed Co., Genencor
International Inc. and the Scientific Research Council.
Collaborating agencies included: CRSP, Jamaican Agricultural
Research Program, Michigan State University and USAID/ABSP.
14. ISNAR Biotechnology safety Service (IBS) Regional Policy
Seminars on Planning, Priorities and Policies for Agricultural
Biotechnology focused on strengthening the capacity of developing
countries to plan and manage agricultural biotechnology; September
25-29, 1994; South East Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). It involved
Norvatis-Thailand, Micro-Biomass Int. (Philippines)and Saigon
Biotech Co. (Vietnam) April 23-27, 1995; East and Southern Africa
countries (Ethiopia; Kenya; Mauritius; South Africa; Tanzania;
Uganda; Zimbabwe) April 1996; North Africa and Middle East (Israel,
Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey). October 6-10, 1996; Latin
American countries (Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica;
Mexico and Peru); jointly with CamBioTec.
15. REDBIO '98 Workshops on Biosafety and Commercialization of
Agri-food Bioproducts for Latin American and Caribbean countries;
June 1998: Focused on biosafety, public awareness, and
commercialization of biotechnology innovations in plant
agriculture. AgrEvo Canada and BIOTECanada were involved.
16. ASEAN Seminar on risk assessment and Public Awareness of
Agricultural Products derived from Biotechnology; January 26-27,
1999. It focused on helping ASEAN Member Countries to better
understand how to carry out risk assessments for agricultural
products derived from biotechnology. It was offered in conjunction
with a program to harmonize ASEAN biotechnology regulations within
two years, under the ASEAN Task Force on the Harmonization of
Regulations for Agricultural Products Derived from Biotechnology.
AgrEvo, DuPont and Monsanto participated.
17. Biosafety Colloquium in Morocco; March 26, 1997: Focused on
creating greater awareness and educating the scientists, senior
administrators and policy makers on various issues of biosafety. It
involved Asgrow, Domaine Agricole and was supported under the
18. International Colloquium on Bioethics: Language for better
understanding; July 1999 for 3 days: Focused on the concept,
multidisciplinary and cultural aspects of bioethics. It involved by
BioAtlantech as well as African and South American countries.
19. Rendez-vous BioAtlantech 1999; July 1999 for 4 days: This
Conference and technology transfer forum focused on the development
of genomics and nutraceuticals in agriculture, aquaculture and
forestry. It involved Argentina, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico.
National level activities
Development of national biosafety frameworks
Information exchange & data management
Public awareness, education and participation
Technology transfer and transfer of know-how
Regional level activities
Coordination and harmonization of regulatory frameworks
Regional collaborative initiatives