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. See also STC 174.
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/JPN/98 RD/SPS/114
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Other concerns
Keywords: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs); Other concerns
Status: Resolved
Solution: In October 2013, information was received from Australia on the resolution of this STC (RD/SPS/114, of 29 October 2020).
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 2003, the representative of Australia indicated that Japan's notification regarding its proposed draft law on the conservation and sustainable use of living modified organisms and Korea's notification on the transboundary movement 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. Although Korea had responded to Australia's query, no answer had yet been received from Japan. The representative of the United States said his country was also concerned with how Japan and Korea intended to implement the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol and in particular the documentation requirements.

The representative of Japan replied that Japan had ratified the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol on 10 June 2003, and its measures were consistent with agreement. Japan would shortly provide responses to the questions it had received from Australia.

The representative of Korea stated that Korea was acting in line with the transparency requirements and they would continue to do so.

In October 2013, the Secretariat informed that in September 2013 it had contacted all Members who had raised specific trade concerns (STCs) that had not been discussed in the previous year, to request an update on their status. In furtherance of this request, information was received from Australia on the resolution of this STC. In November 2020, the Secretariat indicated that the information received had been circulated in document RD/SPS/114, of 29 October 2020, and that the SPS IMS would be updated on this basis, using the date of the October 2013 SPS Committee meeting as the date of resolution of the relevant STCs.