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MOP 5 Decision BS-V/8

BS-V/8.Handling, transport, packaging and identification of living modified organisms: paragraph 2(a) of Article 18

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety,
Recalling paragraph 2 (a) of Article 18 of the Protocol and its decision BS-III/10,
Noting the limited experience gained to date in the implementation of paragraph 4 of decision BS-III/10,
Noting also the importance of the identification of living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed, or for processing, in documentation accompanying their shipment,
Noting further the importance of documentation and identification of living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed, or for processing, including for risk management purposes,
1.Requests Parties and urges other Governments to continue to take measures to ensure that the information required by paragraph 2 (a) of Article 18 and paragraph 4 of decision BS-III/10 to identify living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed, or for processing, is incorporated into existing documentation accompanying the living modified organisms, as specified in paragraph 1 of decision BS-III/10;
2.Urges Parties to expedite the implementation of their biosafety regulatory frameworks and make available to the Biosafety Clearing-House any laws, regulations and guidelines for the implementation of the Protocol, and any changes to their regulatory requirements related to the identification and documentation of living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed, or for processing;
3.Requests Parties and urges other Governments to take measures that facilitate further implementation of decision BS-III/10, in particular its paragraph 4;
4.Requests Parties and encourages other Governments and relevant organizations to cooperate with and support developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to build capacity to implement the identification requirements of paragraph 2 (a) of Article 18 and related decisions;
5.Encourages Parties to develop domestic systems or use existing ones, as appropriate, to prevent imported living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed, or for processing, from being used for other purposes such as introduction into the environment;
6.Decides, taking into account the limited experience gained to date in the implementation of paragraph 4 of decision BS-III/10, to postpone the decision-taking referred to in paragraph 7 of decision BS-III/10 until its seventh meeting. This decision-taking should also include consideration of the need for a stand-alone document, as referred to in paragraph 2 of decision BS-III/10;
7.Requests Parties and invites other Governments and relevant organizations to submit to the Executive Secretary, no later than six months prior to the seventh meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, further information on experience gained with the implementation of paragraph 4 of decision BS-III/10 as well as the present decision, including any information on obstacles that are encountered in the implementation of these decisions as well as specific capacity-building needs to implement these decisions, and requests the Executive Secretary to compile the information and prepare a synthesis report for consideration by the Parties at their seventh meeting.

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  • United Nations Environment Programme