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Final GIC Submission on Synthetic Biology – February 2019

The Global Industry Coalition (GIC) is pleased to make the following submission of information on synthetic biology in response to the request of the Executive Secretary for “information and supporting documentation” on four topics from decision XIV/19 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this submission, the GIC provides an in-depth analysis of the four topics (A – D) listed in the decision and notification SCBD/CP/DC/MA/MW/87791. This submission is supported by recent peer-reviewed publications and information from relevant sources as noted.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Feb 11, 2019

Stewardship Guidelines on Seed Treatment & Handling of Treated Seed

These guidelines have been developed for users of seed applied products, farmers, trainers and other agricultural workers using treated seed.

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Crop Protection Guidance Jan 31, 2019

Contamination Prevention in the Manufacture of Crop Protection Products, Guidelines and Best Practices

Comprehensive guidelines and best practices to prevent contamination in the manufacture of crop protection products.

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Crop Protection Document Jan 18, 2019

CropLife Statement on European Patent Office Decision on the Patentability of Plants Obtained by Essentially Biological Processes (Case T 1063/18)

CropLife welcomes the decision of the European Patent Office (EPO) in case T1063/18 declaring Rule 28(2) as not applicable because it is in conflict with Art 53b) of the European Patent Convention. Rule 28(2) in the Implementing Regulations of the European Patent Convention excludes from patentability of plants exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process. CropLife also notes that the Board of Appeal also decided to remit the case to a first instance for further examination of remaining patentability requirements.

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Plant Biotechnology News Item Dec 14, 2018

Container Management Infographic

This infographic highlights the global impacts and results of container management programs from 58 countries. Updated version featuring data from 2017.

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Crop Protection Infographic Dec 04, 2018

CropLife International Applauds Science and Evidence-based Decisions at the 2018 Biodiversity Convention

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt — 30 November 2018 — CropLife International and the Global Industry Coalition (GIC) applaud the significant efforts of Parties that went into the 2018 Biodiversity Convention negotiations held this month in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, including the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-14), the Ninth meeting of the Conferences of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-8), and the Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP-MOP-3).

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Plant Biotechnology News Item Nov 30, 2018

AACC International Capacity Building on Sampling and Detection Methods for Living Modified Organism Plants

AACC international capacity building on sampling and detection methods for living modified organism plants have been a key resource for the implementation of the Convention on Biodiversity Biosafety Protocol. Find out more in this article by Raymond Shillito, of BASF. Article originally published in Cereal Foods World .

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Plant Biotechnology News Item Nov 22, 2018

The Role of Technology in the Future of Smallholder Agriculture

The benefits of smallholder-based food production systems in the developing world have been written about extensively in both a scientific and policy context. This paper explores the literature to understand the role of modern agricultural technologies towards improving smallholder production and livelihoods.

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Global Issues Document Nov 21, 2018

Evolution of the Crop Protection Industry Since 1960 – Press Release

New report looks at how the crop protection industry has evolved over the past 60 years.

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Crop Protection News Item Nov 20, 2018

Evolution of the Crop Protection Industry since 1960

A high level of investment from the crop protection industry to research and develop new products has led to a continual improvement in both the effectiveness and safety profile of pesticides, according to a new report. The study, commissioned by CropLife International, was undertaken by Phillips McDougall, crop protection and seed industry analysts.

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Crop Protection Document Nov 20, 2018

Framework for Assessing the Environmental Safety of Microbial Pesticides

This document is intended to provide a framework for how to assess the environmental safety of microbial pesticides. This is intended to aid company internal decision-making regarding safety but does not assess what is required to gain regulatory approval in any particular country.

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Crop Protection Guidance Nov 05, 2018

Framework for Assessing the Human Safety of Microbial Pesticides

This document is intended to provide a framework for how to assess the human safety of microbial pesticides. This is intended to aid company internal decision-making regarding safety but does not assess what is required to gain regulatory approval in any particular country.

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Crop Protection Guidance Nov 05, 2018

Statement: International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology

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Plant Biotechnology Document Nov 05, 2018

Tackling Counterfeit and Illegal Pesticides Around the World

CropLife regions are focused on promoting information linkages across borders on the trade of illegal pesticides. We are also developing international consensus and momentum with law enforcement to tackle the issue of counterfeits and in providing facts to their trans-national investigations. Among intergovernmental institutions we promote the full enforcement of existing legislation and improvements in legislation (especially for penalties) to target the growing trade in counterfeit and illegal pesticides.

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Crop Protection Infographic Oct 24, 2018

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Transit and Contained Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs)

There exists extensive international, regional and national guidance and regulations for the handling, storage, containment measures, waste management, transport, packaging and identification of biological organisms under contained use, including LMOs, and the majority of Parties have existing provisions regulating the transit and contained use of LMOs already established in their national legislation. As such, the Global Industry Coalition (GIC) considers any new work on these issues under the Cartagena Protocol for Biosafety (Protocol) as duplicative and unnecessary, and likely to create conflicting requirements for countries with national regulations already in place. The GIC therefore supports the draft decision on this issue for consideration at COP/MOP-9 that reminds Parties of their obligations to share information and existing guidance relating contained use of LMOs on the Biosafety Clearing-house (BCH).

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Plant Biotechnology Document Oct 18, 2018