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In paragraph 5 of decision BS-VII/12, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP) invited Parties to submit to the Executive Secretary:
  1. Information on their needs and priorities for further guidance on specific topics of risk assessment of living modified organisms; and
  2. Existing guidance on specific topics of risk assessment of living modified organisms.
The COP-MOP requested the Executive Secretary to synthesize the views submitted by Parties for its consideration, at its eighth meeting, of the need for the development of further guidance on topics prioritized on the basis of the needs indicated by the Parties with a view to moving towards operational objectives 1.3 and 1.4 of the Strategic Plan and its outcomes.

On 1 December 2015, notification 2015-138 was sent to Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety inviting them to submit the above information. The deadline for sending submissions is 31 May 2016.

Below are all the submissions received in response to the notification.