Biosafety Clearing-House

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), adopted in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, introduced a Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) in order to promote and facilitate scientific and technical cooperation, knowledge sharing and information exchange, and to establish a fully operational network of Parties and partners. The term "clearing-house" originated in the world of finance, is referred to any agency that brings together seekers and providers of goods, services or information, in order to match demand with supply.

The CHM has been made operating with the creation of three components:

The Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), established under Article 20 (1) of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is part of the CHM of the CBD and through the central node of the BCH is a global mechanism for the exchange of information on biosafety between the Parties and all those involved in the assessment and management of the risk associated with living modified organisms and the public. The access to information about each Party is granted through the peripheral nodes.

Italian BCH

Italian Biosafety Clearing-House

In 2005 the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection established the Italian Biosafety Clearing House for the purpose of:

  • implementing the obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety;
  • complying with the European Union legislative framework on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs);
  • following up on the provisions of the Aarhus Convention, on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters, and of the Almaty Amendment, on public participation in decisions on the deliberate release into the environment and placing on the market of GMOs;
  • complying with the Italian legislation on the deliberate release into the environment of GMOs.

The Italian BCH is divided into eight sections:

Section 1: The Cartagena Protocol and its implementation;

Section 2Biosafety with general principles on risk assessment and risk management;

Section 3: European Union and Italian legislation;

Section 4: Public Information to ensure adequate public participation on the deliberate release into the environment of GMOs for experimental and commercial purposes;

Section 5: Public Consultation on the deliberate release into the environment of GMOs for experimental purposes;

Section 6: Capacity-Building for the development and the strengthening of human resources and of institutional capacities in biosafety;

Section 7: Publications;

Section 8: Glossary.

Contacts

Italian Competent Authority

Mr. Giuseppe Lo Presti
Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection

Directorate General for Environmental Assessments and Permits
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 44, 00147 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 5722 3001
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Mr. Carlo Zaghi
Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection
Directorate General for Environmental Assessments and Permits
Unit IV - Assessment and reduction of risks from chemicals and genetically modified organisms
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 44, 00147 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 5722 5000
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National Focal Point for Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Carlo Zaghi
Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection
Directorate General for Environmental Assessments and Permits
Unit IV - Assessment and reduction of risks from chemicals and genetically modified organisms
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 44, 00147 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 5722 5000
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Biosafety Clearing-House National Focal Point

Mrs. Marina Andreella
Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection
General Directorate for Environmental Assessments and Permits
Unit IV - Assessment and reduction of risks from chemicals and genetically modified organisms
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 44, 00147 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 5722 5032
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National Focal Point for Emergency Measures

Cap. Boris Marcone
Comando dei Carabinieri per la tutela dell’Ambiente
Ufficio Comando – Sezione Operazioni e Logistica
Largo Lorenzo Mossa, 8/A, 00165 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 3666392194
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