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What is BCH

The Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) has been established by the Article 20 (paragraph 1) of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in order to facilitate the exchange of scientific, technical, environmental and legal information on, and experience with living modified organisms (LMOs). BCH is a main tool to assist Parties to implement the Protocol.

Republic of Croatia has ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 29 August 2002 and became Party to the Protocol on 11 September 2003. The Protocol has been adopted under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The objective of the Protocol is to contribute to ensuring an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health. This Protocol is specifically focusing on transboundary movement.

As a Party to the Protocol, Republic of Croatia has committed itself to provide national biosafety information to the Central Portal of the BCH under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Republic of Croatia made one step further and made significant efforts to facilitate broader exchange and flow of biosafety information at the national level through this National Biosafety Portal.