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18th Annual Conference of the European Biosafety Association

Vienna, Austria



Transport of Biological Materials – UN Model Regulations

EBSA, through the work of the Transport Task Force of the Belgian Biosafety Professionals initiated a discussion at the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG) to change the current GMO/GMMO regulation under the UN Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

32nd Session of the UNSCETDG (2007.12.06)
A draft version of a document was sent by EBSA to UNSCETDG on 22  November 2007. The paper defines more specific transport regulations for GMMOs and GMOs and for plant pathogens as the present regulations are not clear and miss certain categories of biological substances. On 6 December 2007 Esmeralda Prat presented the document at the 32nd session of the Sub-Committee.

33rd Session of the UNSCETDG (2008.07.07)
Recommendations made during the 32nd session and received subsequently invited EBSA to separate the document into two (GMMOs and GMOS versus plant pathogens) and to align the genetically modified organisms and microorganisms with the definitions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. EBSA followed the recommendation to separate the transport of living modified organisms from the transport of plant pathogens. On 7 April 2008 EBSA submitted a new proposal for the LMOs (GMOs and GMMOs) for inclusion into the 33rd session of the UNSCETDG. (The plant pathogen paper is still being evaluated).  A formal document ( ST/SG/AC.10/C.3/2008/29 ) was presented by EBSA during the 33rd session of the UNSCETDG on 7 July 2008.

34th Session of the UNSCETDG (2008.12)
EBSA has submitted a new modified proposal on transport of GMMOs and GMOs to the UN committee and the proposal will be discussed in December 2008.
Please find details below.

COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON THE TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS AND ON THE GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM OF CLASSIFICATION AND LABELLING OF CHEMICALS

Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Thirty-fourth session Geneva, 1-9 December 2008
Item 7 of the provisional agenda
MISCELLANEOUS PROPOSALS OF AMENDMENTS TO THE MODEL REGULATIONS ON THE TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS
Transport of Genetically Modified Micro-organisms and Organisms
Transmitted by the European Biosafety Association (EBSA)

Posted 2008-09-25

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