Tag Article | Biosafety Clearing-House

Submitting a new LMO in the BCH

  23 Nov 2021

Several provisions of the Protocol require Parties to publish information regarding a living modified organism (LMO), which include, for example, a description of the nucleic acid or modification introduced, the technique used, the resulting characteristics of the living modified organism, as well as characteristics of the donor organism and of the recipient or parental organisms.

The LMO Registry provides a summary of information on all LMOs registered in the BCH. The LMO records within this registry are Reference Records which can be submitted by any registered user of the BCH, but their accuracy and completeness must be validated by the Secretariat prior to their publication. 


Step 1: Sign in to the Submit page.

Step 2: On the Dashboard, next to the LMO record type option, perform one of the following:

  • Click on the ‘+’ sign to add a new record.


  • Click on the ‘list’ icon or the record type to access the summary list of all the LMO records you have submitted. On the summary list, click on the Add New button.

Step 3: Complete the fields in the “Submissions form”. Please note that fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are mandatory and must be completed in order to publish your record.

Note: To facilitate the submission process, an offline common format is available in MS Word format to assist you in gathering and organizing the information about the LMO prior to submitting it online. The offline format is accessible on the Dashboard, as well as through the “Submission form”.

Step 4: Once the “Submissions form” is completed, click on the “Publish” and then on the Request Publication button. 

Step 5: A "Publishing Request" box will appear, where you may enter an additional message that will accompany your request. Then, click on the Send Request button to send your request to the Secretariat. The record will now have the "Pending approval" status, and an automatic validation notification is sent to the Secretariat. Once your record is published, you will be notified by e-mail and the record’s status will change from "Pending approval” to “Published”. You can also check the status of your record on the Dashboard.

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