In its decision BS-VIII/12, the COP-MOP decided to extend the Online Forum on Risk Assessment and Risk Management to exchange experiences on risk assessment, provide information and views on, and perceived gaps in existing guidance materials, and proposals to address any gaps identified.
To give effect to the COP-MOP’s decision the following three discussions topics are being organized under the Online Forum:
- Topic 1: Experiences on risk assessment of living modified organisms
- Topic 2: Information and views on existing guidance materials on risk assessment
- Topic 3: Perceived gaps in existing guidance materials on risk assessment, and proposals to address any gaps identified
Moreover, the COP-MOP requested the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to review the information provided and to recommend a way forward to address the needs, priorities and gaps identified by Parties for consideration by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol at its ninth meeting, including the possible establishment of a new ad hoc technical expert group, with the understanding that new guidance proposals should only be presented upon approval by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol.
In light of these requests, a calendar of activities
outlining a way forward for the implementation of the elements of the COP-MOP decision is available.