International Resources

Appendix P: Physical and Biological Containment for Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecule Research Involving Plants, US National Institutes of Health

Appendix P specifies physical and biological containment conditions and practices suitable to the greenhouse conduct of experiments involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule-containing plants, plant-associated microorganisms, and small animals.  All provisions of the NIH Guidelines apply to plant research activities with the following modifications: Appendix P shall supersede Appendix G (Physical Containment) when the…

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A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses

This Guide was originally published in 2001 as A Practical Guide to Containment: Greenhouse Research with Transgenic Plants and Microbes and primarily addressed containment of plants and plant-associated organisms containing recombinant DNA (rDNA). Researchers, facility managers, and regulators have subsequently encouraged the authors to expand this Guide beyond containment of solely transgenic organisms. Therefore, the…

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Biosafety Resource Book

This Biosafety Resource Book by FAO stems from the experience gained in biosafety capacity building projects and is based on the material developed in the training programmes consisting of the following modules: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETIC ENGINEERING, which reviews the very basic scientific concepts and principles employed in producing GMOs, and provides a brief. Attachments: …

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Integrated Confinement System for Genetically Engineered Plants: A Comprehensive Approach to Biosafety for Confined Field Trials

The Integrated Confinement System for Genetically Engineered Plants provides model procedures and documents for the regulation and conduct of Confined Field Trials (CFTs) with genetically engineered (GE) plants. These models may be used by regulators and scientists in their efforts to develop a comprehensive national system ensuring biosafety, accountability and transparency in field evaluations of…

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Principles for the Risk Analysis of Foods Derived from Modern Biotechnology, 2003

The purpose of these Principles is to provide a framework for undertaking risk analysis on the safety and nutritional aspects of foods derived from modern biotechnology. This document does not address environmental, ethical, moral and socio-economic aspects of the research, development, production and marketing of these foods. Attachments: Principles_for_the_Risk_Analysis_of_Foods_Derived_from_Modern_Biotechnology_2003

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An Explanatory Guide to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The main goal of the guide is to facilitate the understanding of the legal obligations of the Parties under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It is an explanatory guide, which attempts to provide an information base on the content and origin of the provisions of the Protocol. Attachments: Explanatory_guide_to_the_Cartagena_Protocol

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Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Parties to this Protocol, being Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, hereinafter referred to as “the Convention”, Recalling Article 19, paragraphs 3 and 4, and Articles 8 (g) and 17 of the Convention, recalling also decision II/5 of 17 November 1995 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to develop a…

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