BCH III Project

Surveying of stakeholder knowledge of the Biosafety Clearing-House  

The UN Environment Programme and the ICGEB Regulatory Science Group are assisting countries to make informed decisions about Living Modified Organisms (LMOs).

The Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) facilitates the exchange of scientific, technical, environmental, and legal information and experience with living modified organisms (LMOs). The BCH fulfils its mandate by providing a dynamic platform where information is uploaded by official representatives and where it can be easily searched and retrieved by any visitor to the site. However, there is a strong need to increase the use of the BCH.


The UN Environment Programme, in collaboration with the ICGEB Regulatory Science Group, is implementing a BCH awareness-raising project. As a part of the project, a survey is being undertaken to better understand attitudes towards the BCH amongst its stakeholders and their habits regarding biosafety communication.

We need their help to provide us with details concerning their understanding of the BCH and how it may be of (better) use to them. The information collected will be anonymous and confidential, and completing the survey will take no more than 10 minutes.

The survey is available online from 10 – 30 May 2021, is completely anonymous and confidential, and is disseminated in 6 UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.


The collected data will help in mapping the BCH stakeholders including their habits regarding biosafety communication, in raising awareness of the BCH, and in designing communication strategies that assist countries to make informed decisions about LMOs.


Sharing biosafety knowledge could benefit BCH stakeholders who are involved in the use of LMOs at all levels: government officials and regulators; importers and distributors of grain or LMO products; seed industry or LMO developers; scientists, agronomists, and researchers; lawyers and civil society organisations; farmers and food producers; consumer groups; journalists and/or all interested citizens.

For any questions or comments, please contact: [email protected].

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For more information:
Regulatory Science Group
Email: [email protected]