Article 20 of the Cartagena Protocol sets out specific information that Parties must make available through the BCH. At its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (BS COP MOP 1) adopted a decision that indicates the categories of information that Parties must register in the BCH.
The information currently available in the BCH is organized into three categories:
National Records are published by Governments and include national information relevant for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol as well as information Parties are obliged to provide in accordance with the Protocol. Prior to being made publicly available in the BCH, all National Records records are validated and published by the BCH National Focal Points.
National Records are:
Reference Records include a number of BCH relevant resources and information and can be submitted by any registered user of the BCH (Parties, Non-Parties, governments, civil society and relevant stakeholders). However, it is the responsibility of the Secretariat to verify the accuracy and completeness of these records prior to their publication in the BCH. Therefore, Reference Records can be published by the Secretariat only.
Reference Records are:
This is information that is published by the CBD Secretariat and is relevant to the implementation of the Protocol: