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Further discussion on the initial draft guidance document on “Monitoring and long-term effects of LMOs released into the environment” [#2593]
Dear Members of the Monitoring SWG, Secretariat,

First, I wish to express my sincere thanks for the many constructive comments and suggestions on the initial draft of the Monitoring Guidance during the online discussion period.

From the contributions received, it is evident that we must take more time for discussion on a number of issues. This is to ensure the guidance best reflects the diversity of viewpoints within the SWG under the terms of our work. For this, the Secretariat has kindly created this form space.

Over the last 10 days, I have been consolidating the diversity of general and specific issues raised by various SWG members during the online discussion that ran from July 18 - August 1st.

I have condensed these into 11 Items to facilitate our discussion. In this forum, each Item will be contained in its own separate “thread”, so you will be receiving a separate notice of each. Please post the discussion of each item in the appropriate thread. The last thread, item 12, will be a space to give additional points for discussion not included in the 11 items I have presented, or for new issues that emerge during the discussion. I kindly ask you to use this framework as a foundation for our exchange. On the basis of the outcomes of this discussion over the next week, I will further be asking members of the SWG to help draft text for the next version of our guidance. 

****Your contributions are invited here until midnight on Thursday, August 18th in your local timezone.****

This is a very firm deadline, as work must begin immediately afterwards to consolidate these view and incorporate them into the guidance (including any additional text) so that we can meet the agreed deadline on August 26th to the Secretariat.

I look forward to a constructive exchange of ideas over the next week from all members of the Monitoring SWG.


Kind regards to all,

David Q
posted on 2011-08-11 20:03 UTC by David Quist
RE: Further discussion on the initial draft guidance document on “Monitoring and long-term effects of LMOs released into the environment” [#2606]
Dear Monitoring SWG members,

I wish to provide a gentle reminder that there is a scant two days remaining in the discussion period on specific issues on the initial draft of the monitoring guidance.

This extra discussion space was expressly requested for by you, members of the SWG. So I do hope that all of you take advantage of this opportunity to exchange of views on the next draft of the monitoring guidance. Perhaps some have you changed your mind, and are quite happy with this initial draft, but somehow I imagine that might not be the case!

Therefore lets make good use of this time (remember the discussion period ends Thursday, August 18th at midnight in your local timezone) before the consolidation and revision begins for the next draft, which must be ready for the Secretariat by August 26th.

Kind regards,

David
posted on 2011-08-16 20:01 UTC by David Quist
RE: Further discussion on the initial draft guidance document on “Monitoring and long-term effects of LMOs released into the environment” [#2618]
Dear David,

I just posted my comments to your questions.
I want to thank you and the secretariat for giving us the opportunity to once more share our ideas on the monitoring documents with each other.

Best regards,

Hans
posted on 2011-08-18 15:21 UTC by Mr. Hans Bergmans, PRRI
RE: Further discussion on the initial draft guidance document on “Monitoring and long-term effects of LMOs released into the environment” [#2642]
I join Hans in thanking David and the Secretariat for the extra time.

David: my appreciation for chopping up the different items in the way you did, this helped keeping a focus. Also thanks for the reminder, without that I would indeed have been too late, as I am currently teaching an immersion course on biotechnology regulation in Columbia.

To all: this brings me back to a general concern that this whole process is a tremendous strain on people's time. This is why I had favoured – and still favour - to first properly finish the road map - where we have tons to discuss further - before embarking on new items.

Regards

Piet
posted on 2011-08-18 23:11 UTC by Mr. Piet van der Meer, Ghent University, Belgium
RE: Further discussion on the initial draft guidance document on “Monitoring and long-term effects of LMOs released into the environment” [#2647]
I also like to thank David and the Secretariat for setting the opportunity to work in our task. This part comes in very short notice and not in our work plan and this is probably limiting a wider participation (I have been away of my office in a commission but several of my colleagues are on vacations). The questions presented by our Chair are very helpful to direct our interventions. I also thank David for that.

Thank you Secretariat for considering closing the deadline according to our time zone that also help me to participate tonight.

Finally I agree with Piet’s comment in the sense that responding and trying to contribute to the work of the SWG is a commitment that clearly represents a big tradeoff of where do we put our time and energy (it is almost 12 pm I am still at my office, I tech tomorrow at 8am, and I have not seen my kids since Tuesday...sorry I had to put it out of my system :-). 
Yes we should all focus first in finishing the road map.
posted on 2011-08-19 04:46 UTC by Ms. Sol Ortiz García, Mexico
RE: Further discussion on the initial draft guidance document on “Monitoring and long-term effects of LMOs released into the environment” [#2656]
Dear Monitoring SWG, Secretariat,

I wish to thank those who provided further inputs in this extended round of discussions on the initial draft. The inputs received were very clear and  no doubt will help improve our draft guidance with the aim of clear, useful guidance to our target audience.

The task at hand is for consolidation of all the comments received in this round for consideration in the next draft, which will be delivered to the Secretariat by the 26th of August, one week from today. The allowance for extra discussion time means that the window for consolidation and further drafting/editing is quite short.

Therefore, for this round, I will invite some members of the SWG to provide mostly short text inputs on specific aspects of the draft guidance in the coming days. To those, thank you in advance for your understanding of the short deadlines that we will have to work under to achieve the next version.

Kind regards to all,

David
posted on 2011-08-19 16:41 UTC by David Quist