STC Number - 173

Notification on uses of living modified organisms

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: Australia
Supported by: United States of America
First date raised: June 2003 G/SPS/R/30 paras. 72-74
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/JPN/98
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Other concerns
Keywords: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs); Other concerns
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Australia indicated that Japan's notification regarding its proposed draft law on the conservation and sustainable use of living modified organisms raised a number of concerns. Australia was a major grain exporter and was especially interested in the documents which should accompany shipments. Japan had not responded to Australia's query. The United States was also concerned how Japan intended to implement the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol and in particular the documentation requirements.
Japan replied that it had ratified the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol on 10 June 2003 and its measures were consistent with the agreement. Japan would shortly provide responses to the questions it had received from Australia.