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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.