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Current Activities 2016-2018

In their decision BS-VIII/16, the COP-MOP took note of the of the draft training manual on the detection and identification of living modified organisms that was developed in response to the outcomes of the face-to-face workshop of the Network that requested the drafting of training material for capacity-building activities on the detection and identification on LMOs to assist countries in fulfilling their relevant obligations under the Protocol and achieving the outcomes of the Strategic Plan that are relevant to the detection and identification of LMOs.

Moreover, the Parties also requested the Executive Secretary to continue working on the draft training manual, in an expeditious manner, in collaboration with the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms, and make a draft version available, in all official languages, for consideration by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol at its ninth meeting with a view to its possible approval before its official final publication.

In light of these decisions, the Secretariat has developed this page to implement the decision and to host online discussions of the forum.

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Module 2: Overview of the detection and identification of Living Modified Organisms

Discussions will be held: 2-16 April 2018
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

This module provides an overview of techniques used in modern biotechnology as well as a brief introduction to the available detection and identification methods including information on protein and DNA-based methods for LMO detection as well as a short discussion on the challenges in LMO detection and new technology developments. The section also provides an summary of the pipeline for the development of LM crops as well as information for considerations for National Strategies towards the detection and identification of LMOs.

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Module 3: Sample Preparation and Extraction

Discussions will be held: 2-16 April 2018
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

This module provides an introduction to procedures for sample management including a brief discussion on considerations for laboratory sampling and subsequent sample preparation and homogenization. this is followed by an overview of DNA extraction and purification methods as well as information on DNA quantification methodologies.

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Module 4: Techniques for detection and identification

Discussions will be held: 2-16 April 2018
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

This module provides details regarding methods that are commonly used for LMO detection. This includes information on protein-based methods such as the lateral flow assay and the ELISA Technique as well as a discussion on the limitations of such methods. Furthermore, information on DNA-based methods are also provided and cover details on the nature of DNA followed by the principles of PCR and considerations for the analysis of PCR Products. Specific information relating to LMO screening is also addressed including an overview of some of the limitations of DNA-based methods. Finally information on novel technologies for LMO Detection is also introduced.

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Module 5: Introduction to Quality Assurance/Quality Control Standards

Discussions will be held: 2-16 April 2018
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

This module provides information on minimal performance criteria and requirements for quality assurance including details on documentation, laboratory set-up requirements and environment and information on method validation/verification. An overview of the implementation of proficiency testing requirements and non-conformance, root cause analysis and corrective actions requirements in a laboratory's quality assurance and quality control system are also included.

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Module 6: Reporting

Discussions will be held: 2-16 April 2018
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

This module provides additional detail on laboratory documentation requirements and the reporting of testing results including important considerations on report writing.

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