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Discussions of the Open-Ended Online Forum (2019-2020)

Current Activities

NEW! Online Forum resuming its activities from 20 January - 1 February 2020

See updated calendar of activities

Background

In its decision CP-9/13, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP) established a process for the identification and prioritization of specific issues regarding risk assessment of living modified organisms (LMOs) for consideration by the COP-MOP. It was also decided to consider at COP-MOP 10 whether additional guidance materials on risk assessment are needed for (a) LMOs containing engineered gene drives, and (b) living modified fish.

The process agreed to in decision CP-9/13 entails the submission of views, the commissioning of studies, discussions through an online forum, work by an ad hoc technical expert group (AHTEG), consideration of the outcomes by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), and recommendations by the SBSTTA to the tenth meeting of the COP-MOP.

In light of the above, the Secretariat has developed this page to host online discussions of the forum. The work of the forum is intended to assist the AHTEG on risk assessment. Accordingly, the discussions in the online forum will consider drafts of the studies that have been commissioned to inform the application of annex I of decision CP-9/13 to LMOs containing engineered gene drives and living modified fish.

Following these online discussions, the consultants will finalize the studies taking into account the comments made. The final studies will be made available for the meeting of the AHTEG on risk assessment. In addition, a report of the online forum discussions will be prepared by the CBD Secretariat and made available for the information of the meeting of the AHTEG.

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Topic 1: Discussion of draft study applying annex I of decision CP-9/13 to living modified organisms containing engineered gene drives

Discussions will open on: 20 January 2020 at 1:00am GMT
Discussions will be closed on 1 February 2020 at 1:00am GMT

The online discussions under this thread will be based on the draft study commissioned to inform the application of annex I of decision CP-9/13 to LMOs containing engineered gene drives.

The draft study is available below. Participants may also wish to consult the submissions received in response to notifications 2019-009 and 2017-035, which relate to the process for the identification and prioritization of specific issues regarding risk assessment of LMOs .

In the online discussions, participants are encouraged to focus their comments on the substance of the studies rather than on editorial suggestions, and to share information that:

• Could complement the studies, which may include: further development of concepts, explanatory comments, relevant resources, bibliographic references, among others;

• Could identify any information gaps or factual errors;

• Is relevant to one or more of the aspects of annex I of decision CP-9/13.

Participants are kindly requested to make their comments as specific as possible to facilitate the process of collection of views and comments on the studies.

Background documents for this discussion:
Draft study gene drives
1- Draft study on gene drives

2- Link to 2019 submissions of information on risk assessment

3- Link to 2017-2018 submissions of information on risk assessment

Please note that this forum will close at 1:00am GMT on 1 February 2020

This Forum is closed.

Topic 2: Discussion of draft study applying annex I of decision CP-9/13 to living modified fish

Discussions will open on: 20 January 2020 at 1:00am GMT
Discussions will be closed on 1 February 2020 at 1:00am GMT

The online discussions under this thread will be based on the draft study commissioned to inform the application of annex I of decision CP-9/13 to living modified fish.

The draft study is available below. Participants may also wish to consult the submissions received in response to notifications 2019-009 and 2017-035, which relate to the process for the identification and prioritization of specific issues regarding risk assessment of LMOs .

In the online discussions, participants are encouraged to focus their comments on the substance of the studies rather than on editorial suggestions, and to share information that:

• Could complement the studies, which may include: further development of concepts, explanatory comments, relevant resources, bibliographic references, among others;

• Could identify any information gaps or factual errors;

• Is relevant to one or more of the aspects of annex I of decision CP-9/13.

Participants are kindly requested to make their comments as specific as possible to facilitate the process of collection of views and comments on the studies.

Background documents for this discussion:
Draft study on living modified fish
1- Draft study on living modified fish

2- Link to 2019 submissions of information on risk assessment

3- Link to 2017-2018 submissions of information on risk assessment

Please note that this forum will close at 1:00am GMT on 1 February 2020

This Forum is closed.
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