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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Notification 2015-139 – Peer review of the outcomes of the process in response to decision XII/24 on synthetic biology

On the 2nd of December 2015, the Convention on Biological Diversity invited peer reviews on the following reports for consideration by SBSTTA at its twentieth meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada from 25 to 29 April 2016:
(a) Updated report and synthesis of views in response to paragraph 7(b) of decision XII/24; and
(b) Report of the meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology,

The main body of comments in the document attached was prepared by Joyce Tait and Lionel Clarke on behalf of the UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (SBLC) and its Governance Subgroup.

Additional comments from three members of the SBLC or the Governance Subgroup, Julian Hitchcock, Chris Jones from Innovate UK and Alastair Kent, are included at the end of the paper.