At its fifth meeting, in decision BS-V/9
, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP) mandated a number of activities for laboratories involved in the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs). Specifically, the COP-MOP requested the establishment, through the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), of an electronic network of laboratories involved in the detection and identification of LMOs and the organization of workshops for heads of detection laboratories. The COP-MOP also requested Parties and encouraged other Governments and relevant organizations to make available to the BCH, inter alia, methods for the detection and identification of LMOs.
In decision BS-V/16
, the COP-MOP adopted the Strategic Plan for implementation of the Protocol for the period 2011-2020. Among the outcomes set out by the Strategic Plan, the following are relevant to LMO detection and identification:
- Easy to use and reliable technical tools for the detection of unauthorized LMOs are developed and made available (under Focal Area 1, Operational Objective 1.6);
- Guidance developed to assist Parties to detect and take measures to respond to unintentional releases of living modified organisms (under Focal Area 1, Operational Objective 1.8); and
- Personnel are trained and equipped for sampling, detection and identification of LMOs (under Focal Area 2, Operational Objective 2.3).
At its sixth meeting, in decision BS-VI/3
on Capacity-Building, the COP-MOP adopted a framework and action plan aimed at advancing the implementation of the capacity-building components of the Strategic Plan. The indicators, results and activities linked to outcome (iii) above as adopted in the capacity-building action plan are available in the annex to the decision.
In response to the requests of the COP-MOP regarding the detection and identification of LMOs and with the view to achieving the relevant objectives of the strategic plan, the Secretariat organized a series of discussions
and a workshop
under the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of LMOs develop a strategy to address Parties’ needs regarding detection and identification of LMOs to be presented as a set of recommendations for consideration of the COP-MOP at its seventh meeting.
In considering the progress made by the Network at their seventh meeting, the COP-MOP, in their decision BS-VII/10
, requested the Online Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms to continue working on issues relevant to the detection and identification of living modified organisms with a view to achieving the operational objectives of the Strategic Plan relevant to the implementation of Article 17.
What is the forum?
This is a virtual platform where experts can interact and exchange experiences on the use and development of LMO sampling and detection techniques. The online forum is part of a continuous process established in decisions BS-III/10
Who can participate
As per notification SCBD/BS/CG/KG/jh/77120
an invitation for the nomination of LMO detection laboratories to the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of LMOs was issued in August 2011 (Also available in French
Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis:
To find out whether or not your organisation is registered with the BCH please search our records for Organizations involved in Biosafety Activities.
For more information, please contact the Secretariat