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National Node of the BCH

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is an international agreement (treaty), concluded and adopted in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Protocol was agreed in January 2000, and it entered into force on 11 September 2003. The objective of the Protocol is to contribute to ensuring an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health, and focusing, in particular, on transboundary movements. This objective is to be achieved in accordance with the precautionary approach.