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Previous Online Discussions of the AHTEG

Archived General Discussions:

AHTEG General Discussions (2011-2012)

Online discussion on the "Use of Terms" (Annex I of the Guidance on Risk Assessment of LMOs)

30 May - 3 June 2011

The third meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was held in Mexico City from 30 May to 3 June 2011.

In the Action Plan, contained in Annex III to the report of the meeting, the AHTEG agreed to have an online discussion on the Use of Terms (Annex I of the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms).

The online discussion on the "Use of Terms" will take place between 18 and 25 June (1:00 a.m. GMT).

Additional background materials for the "Guidance on Risk Assessment of LMOs" (April - September 2010)

At the second meeting of the AHTEG in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 20-23 April 2010, the Group agreed that additional background documents may be sent to the SWG Chairs as soon as possible but no later than 15 June 2010 and after consultation with the whole AHTEG added to the existing list no later than the 31 August 2010.

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AHTEG Discussions (May - November 2009)

About the AHTEG Portal

This portal is designed to assist the AHTEG on Risk Assessment and Rik Management in its tasks. In this page a Discussion Group/Listserver is open to all AHTEG members and will automatically send the posted messages to all the participants of the AHTEG Portal.

Dedicated pages in the AHTEG Portal host specific Discussion Groups/Listservers that are shared by the members of each Sub-working Group (SWG). Postings in these dedicated Discussion Groups/Listservers is limited to members of the specific SWG, but may be read in the Portal by all AHTEG participants and invited experts.

A Document Exchange section, composed by five different sub-sections (one general and four dedicated to each of the four SWGs) is also available in this Portal to allow AHTEG members and invited experts to upload and download relevant documents.

For any question on this portal or request of further development (e.g. additional discussion groups/listservers, real-time conferences or further pages in the AHTEG Portal) please contact the Secretariat at riskassessment.forum@cbd.int.

Sub-working Groups

At its third meeting, the AHTEG established two Sub-working Groups (SWGs; on "Monitoring" and "LM Trees") to focus topics prioritized for the development of new guidance. At its first meeting, the AHTEG established four SWGs ("Roadmap", "LMOs with Stacked Genes or Traits", "LM Crops Resistant or Tolerant to Abiotic Stress" and "LM Mosquitoes").

The following are links to pages dedicated to each of the SWGs:

The AHTEG also agreed in its action plan to involve, through ad hoc online discussion groups and real-time online conferences, the participants of the Open-ended Online Forum.

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Invited Guests

Dr. David Andow
United States of America
University of Minnesota
Dr Anthony A. James
United States of America
University of California, Irvine
Dr Stephanie James
United States of America
Prof (Adj) Seshadri Vasan
University of Malaya & Oxitec S/B

Katrine Jaklin
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
Ms. Sarah Lukie
Croplife International, Global Industry Coalition
Mr. Piet van der Meer
Ghent University, Belgium