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Portal on Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms

Background

The detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) is a broad reaching activity, which can facilitate the application of several articles of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. In the context of Article 18, which addresses the issue of the handling, transport, packaging and identification of LMOs, the detection and identification of LMOs plays a part in the ability of national authorities to distinguish whether or not there are LMOs in a shipment both through proper packaging and labelling of shipments and through the analytical, laboratory based analysis of the contents of a shipment to detect unauthorised and unintended LMOs.

Furthermore the identification of LMOs is also vital to the activities relating to Risk Management as outlined in Article 16 which requires Parties to adopt measures and strategies for preventing adverse effects and for managing and controlling risks identified by risk assessments. This may involve risk management activities such as monitoring the receiving environment in which detection and identification can be used as a tool. This can be further applied to the provisions of implementing Articles 17 and 25 on unintentional and illegal transboundry movements respectively.

This Portal is home to ongoing discussions and work on the handling, transport, packaging and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. This includes links to activities such as:

For more information, please contact the Secretariat.

Latest News

  • 17-05-2013 - Invitation for nominations to establish an electronic network of LMO detection laboratories further to decision BS-V/9.

    Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis:
    1. If your organisation is NOT registered in the BCH please fill in the online common format for “Biosafety Organization, including Laboratory for detection and identification of LMOs” (log-in required). An offline version of the common format (log-in required) is also available for download to assist users to gather and organize the necessary information prior to submission.
    2. If your organisation IS registered in the BCH please contact the Secretariat to complete your registration procedure

    To find out whether or not your organisation is registered with the BCH please search our records for Organizations involved in Biosafety Activities.

  • 21-12-2012 - A new manual on ‘Using the BCH for Customs and Border Control tasks’ as well as new and updated curricula and case studies for customs, border control and phytosanitary officers are now available in the help section of the BCH in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. They are also available in the documents & resource materials section of the Customs Officials' portal.
  • 30-01-2012 - Issue 1 of the Biosafety Technical Series is now available online. The title of the issue is "Standards for Shipments of Living Modified Organisms: Outcomes of an Online Forum"
  • 08-09-2011 - The Asia sub-regional Training of Trainers' Workshop on the Identification and Documentation of Living Modified Organisms under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will take place in New Delhi, India, 21-25 November 2011. See the notification calling for nominations to participate. The deadline for nominations is 14 October 2011.
  • 07-09-2011 - The report of the Central and Eastern European Regional Training of Trainers' Workshop on the Identification and Documentation of Living Modified Organisms under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is now available.

   
   
Update on 2013-05-17
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