Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Professor Julian Kinderlerer attended the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Bonn, Germany between the 12th and 16th of May. He was there as part of a European Union Framework Programme 6 Project - 'Science 4 BioReg' which works with a non-governmental organisation, the Public Research and Regulation Initiative that tries to inform regulators and government representatives about the needs and concerns of those who work in public institutions like Universities and research institutes - both in developing and developed countries. Professor Kinderlerer was primarily involved in the Working Group that addressed the elaboration of rules and procedures on liability and redress in the event of adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of living modified organisms taking also into account human health resulting from transboundary movement of living modified organisms. The Working Group decided to continue work on trying to set up a legally binding instrument (sub-protocol) providing administrative rules and procedures.