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The report of the 31st Session of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling, that took place on 8-12 March 2010 in Budapest, Hungary, is now available. Agenda item 3 was dedicated to the "Proposed draft guidelines on criteria for methods for detection, identification and quantification of specific DNA sequences and specific proteins, in particular in foods derived from modern biotechnology" and is covered in paragraphs 13-33 of the report. See the report (ALINORM 10/33/23), together with the agenda providing links to the meeting's documents, at http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/archives.jsp or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The Committee agreed to forward the proposed draft guidelines to the 33rd Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (to be held 5-9 July 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland) for adoption at Step 5/8 with the recommendation to omit Steps 6 and 7. The Codex Rules of Procedure, describing also the 8-Step elaboration procedure, are available at http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/procedural_manual.jsp (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).