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(Last revised: July 9, 2014 )
(Further information: bbch@wiv-isp.be)

According to article 19 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, each Party shall designate one national focal point to be responsible on its behalf for liaison with the Secretariat.

The Belgian focal point for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is:

Ms Salima KEMPENAER
Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
DG Environment
Multilateral & Strategic Affairs
Place Victor Horta 40 bte 10
Bloc II - 2d floor
B-1060 Brussels - Belgium
Ph.: +32 2 524 95 23
Fax.: +32 2 524 96 00
Email: Salima.Kempenaer@environnement.belgique.be

Article 20 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety establishes a Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) in order to facilitate the exchange of scientific, technical, environmental and legal information on, and experience with, living modified organisms. According to Decision BS-I/3 adopted by the First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (MOP-1), Parties are called upon to designate a national BCH focal point to liaise with the Secretariat regarding issues of relevance to the development and implementation of the BCH.

The Belgian focal point for the BCH is:

Mr Didier BREYER, Ph.D.
Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP)
Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit (SBB)
Rue Juliette Wytsmanstraat, 14
B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
Ph.: +32 2 642 52 93
Fax.: +32 2 642 52 92
Email: bbch@wiv-isp.be

According to Article 17 of the Protocol each Party shall, no later than the date of entry into force of the Protocol for it, make available to the BCH the relevant details setting out its point of contact for the purposes of receiving notifications related to occurrences under its jurisdiction resulting in a release that leads, or may lead, to an unintentional transboundary movement of a living modified organism that is likely to have significant adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health.

The Belgian point of contact for notifications of unintentional transboundary movements is:

Ms Salima KEMPENAER
Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
DG Environment
Multilateral & Strategic Affairs
Place Victor Horta 40 bte 10
Bloc II - 2d floor
B-1060 Brussels - Belgium
Ph.: +32 2 524 95 23
Fax.: +32 2 524 96 00
Email: Salima.Kempenaer@environnement.belgique.be


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