In its decision 9/13
, the COP-MOP extended the mandate of the AHTEG in accordance with the terms of reference listed below.
In accordance with its terms of reference the AHTEG will, taking into account the work undertaken by the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology:
Review the study referred to in paragraph 11(a) of decision CP-9/13, and perform an analysis on (i) living modified organisms containing engineered gene drives and (ii) living modified fish, according to annex I, and supported by the data in the study;
Consider the needs and priorities for further guidance and gaps in existing guidance identified by Parties in response to decision CP-VIII/12 with regard to specific topics of risk assessment and prepare an analysis;
Make recommendations on (i) the need for guidance to be developed on risk assessment of living modified organisms containing engineered gene drives and living modified fish, and (ii) any adjustments to annex I of decision CP-9/13;
Prepare a report for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice with a view to enabling the Subsidiary Body to prepare a recommendation for consideration by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at its tenth meeting.
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