Discussion Group 2: Facilitating public access to biosafety information
11 - 18 June 2012
Article 23 of the Protocol requires Parties to endeavour to ensure that public awareness and education encompass access to information on living modified organisms identified in accordance with the Protocol that may be imported.
This online forum aims to facilitate the exchange of views and information regarding facilitating public access to biosafety information in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The outcomes of the discussion are intended to contribute to the implementation of programme element 3 of the Programme of Work
on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of LMOs, which was adopted by the fifth meeting of the Parties to the Protocol in decision BS-V/13
- Theme 1: Procedures for facilitating public access to biosafety information
- Theme 2: Format and language
- Theme 3: Timelines for providing information upon request
- Theme 4: Charging for providing information upon request
- Theme 5: Denial of information upon request
- Theme 6: Confidentiality
- Theme 7: Appeals
- Theme 8: Means of active dissemination
- Theme 9: Biosafety records management systems
Please note that each theme has guiding questions.
Participation in the discussions can be done by posting messages directly online under each theme or downloading the themes and guiding questions
, responding to the questions and then posting responses to the questions under each theme online.
Participants must first sign in the Forum website in order to post messages. Once signed in, participants can reply to a message by clicking the ‘reply’ button found under the text of that message.
Please note that participants have to be registered for the Online Forum. Please inform us via the emails provided in the right menu on "Participation in the Forum"