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The 1st FAO/CBD/OECD webinar on International Databases on Biosafety

The scopes, contents and mandates of the FAO GM Foods Platform, the Biosafety Clearing House and the OECD BioTrack Product Database

Now available: Webinar Report

12 November 2014

FAO, UNEP-CBD and OECD hosted the webinar entitled "the international databases on biosafety" that provided an overview on the scope and content of the FAO GM Foods Platform, the Biosafety Clearing House maintained by UNEP-CBD and the Biotrack product database of OECD. The webinar addressed relevant databases' users, contributors, government authorities, researchers and academia and industry colleagues.

Background to the webinar

Various countries conduct risk assessments on GMOs prior to their release in the environment and their use in food or feed. What are their experiences with risk assessment of GMOs? And what conclusions and decisions are derived from them? Different international organizations facilitate platforms where information on GM risk assessment can be shared.

This webinar provided an overview on the scope and content of the relevant databases. The objective of the webinar was to raise the awareness on the different international biosafety resources available online and to explore how synergies between them can be maximized.

Agenda

Presentations

Speakers

                  

From left to right:

Ms Masami Takeuchi, the manager of the FAO GM Foods Platform (http://fao.org/gm-platform), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Mr Giovanni Ferraiolo from Biosafety Clearing House (bch.cbd.int), United Nations Environment Programme – Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP-CBD).

Mr Peter Kearns, BioTrack Product Database (http://www2.oecd.org/biotech/default.aspx), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Mr Bertrand Dagallier, BioTrack Product Database (http://www2.oecd.org/biotech/default.aspx), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Recordings of the Presentations (available through Youtube)

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Recordings of the interactive discussion sessions (available through Youtube)

The interactive discussion consisted of four different parts:

- Questions and Answers [Session 1, Session 2], approximately 10 minutes.

- Discussion Topic 1: What are areas within biosafety where further synergy can be achieved among the organizations? [Session 1, Session 2], approximately 22 minutes.

- Discussion Topic 2: How does communication among different national users of the databases takes place? [Session 1, Session 2], approximately 18 minutes.

- Discussion Topic 3: What are the practical challenges in the use of the databases? [Session 1, Session 2], approximately 10 minutes, approximately 20 minutes.

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