Online Written Consultation on the Draft DA Memorandum Circular on Plant Breeding Innovations (PBIs) or New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)
In 2018, the Department of Agriculture Biotech Program commissioned a study to review plant breeding innovations (PBIs) or new breeding techniques (NBTs) state of the art; regulatory landscape; applicable domestic laws, rules, and regulations; and determine public sector capacity in conducting research and development. The policy recommendations in the study were accepted by the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) in 2019.
Following the work of an ad hoc expert group tasked by NCBP to examine further the policy recommendations, Resolution No. 1, s. 2020 was issued by NCBP classifying products of PBIs/NBTs as GMOs if they contain novel genetic material obtained from the application of modern biotechnology tools. Furthermore, these PBI-derived GM plants and products will be regulated under the DOST-DA-DOH-DENR-DILG Joint Department Circular 1, s. 2016 (JDC1).
Consequently, the said resolution tasked DA to take the lead in evaluating and monitoring products of PBIs/NBTs that do not fall under the scope of the JDC1. In view thereof, the Technical Advisory Group on Modern Biotechnology and Related Innovations for Agriculture and Fisheries (TAG-MBI) has drafted the memorandum circular on the rules and procedures in evaluating such products.
Consultation activities, both in oral and written procedure, are conducted to inform, consult, and encourage the participation of regulatory agencies, technology developers (both public and private), scientists, members of the academe, and research funding agencies in formulating an effective policy on PBIs/NBTs. In particular, this Online Written Consultation aims to reach greater public involvement and ensure inclusivity.
You may download the files through the following links:
Draft Memorandum Circular: https://bit.ly/Draft-DA-Memo-Circular-on-PBIs
NCBP Resolution no. 1, s. 2020: https://bit.ly/NCBP-Resolution-01-2020
We encourage you to focus only on relevant comments or suggestions for the improvement of the drafted rules and procedure. All comments will be accepted until October 1.
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New dates for the UN Biodiversity Convention meeting crucial to development of post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
In the recent press released by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), new dates have been announced for the UN Biodiversity Conference, now scheduled for 11-24 October 2021 in Kunming, China. The UN Biodiversity Conference was originally scheduled to take place last 15-28 October 2020 in Kunming, China. The dates were later changed to May 2021 but have been adjusted to reflect the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
During the Conference, the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the CBD will be held simultaneously with the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP10) and the 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (MOP4).
The COP15 to the CBD will assess the achievement and implementation of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also expected that a decision will take place on the adoption of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which is crucial for building resilience and galvanizing international cooperation, including the decision on associated topics such as capacity building and resource mobilization.
DOST Issued Policy/Resolution on New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) or Plant Breeding Innovation (PBIs)
“New Plant Breeding Techniques enables us to accelerate the development of crop varieties as compared to conventional breeding, it opens up opportunities to further improve our approach in agriculture. “ -Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.
Last 10 February 2021, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) exerted its efforts in disseminating innovative information on the New Plant Breeding Techniques (NBTs) or Plant Breeding Innovations (PBIs) to our local scientists, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders through a webinar.
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