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Several Websites offer useful entry-points to a diversity of biosafety data. These "one-stop shops" contain huge collections or listings of relevant informatic tools and links to other sites, and can provide an exhaustive and comprehensive array of biosafety-related information.

The central portal of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), hosted by the CBD Secretariat, Montreal, Canada, is a major repository of biosafety information. The BCH claims to be “an information exchange mechanism established by the CPB to assist Parties to implement its provisions and to facilitate sharing of information on, and experience with, LMOs”. The portal is available in all official UN languages, and to date, a number of relevant national, regional and international databases are interoperable with the CBD-BCH. Information is searchable under the following themes: National Records - National Contacts, Laws and Regulations, National Reports, Country's Decisions other Communications, and a Roster of Experts; and Reference Records - LMOs, Genetic elements or OrganismsCapacity-BuildingDirectory of International Organizations involved in Biosafety Activities, and The BCH Virtual Library. On the same website it is also possible to conduct a simple search for risk assessments submitted from Parties, other Governments or biosafety relevant organisations.
The ICGEB webpages provides information on biosafety and risk assessment for the environmental release of GMOs with special regards to the need of the developing world. Notable resources include: a Bi[bli]osafety, the Risk Assessment Search Mechanism (RASM), as well as the Collection of Biosafety Reviews and links to Internet biosafety resources offered by other organisations on its biosafety library webpages.
The OECD created the BioTrack Online public database to allow regulatory officials and other interested stakeholders to easily share basic information on products derived from the use of modern biotechnology, as well as some products with novel traits acquired by the use of conventional breeding or mutagenesis, that have been approved for commercial application in at least one country, in terms of food, feed or environmental safety.
Amongst the numerous activities of the Biotechnology and GMOs Unit of the EU’s JRC, Ispra, Italy, is the hosting of the GMO Register of Deliberate Release and Placing on the EU Market of GMOs, as well as the Deliberate Release into the Environment of GMOs for any Other Purposes than Placing on the Market (Experimental Releases). The JRC also hosts the GMOMETHODS database which provides reliable and harmonised information on EU reference methods for the detection of GMOs. These methods are DNA-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays that have been validated according to the principles and requirements of international standards and can assure therefore consistent and reproducible results in the analysis. The JRC also provides a list of European Member States national websites.
The Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA) is dedicated to developing and applying sound science to the environmental risk assessment of agricultural biotechnologies so their contributions to the sustainable production of food, fuel and fibre may be safely realised. The website hosts the Global GM Crop database of safety information includes not only plants produced using recombinant DNA technologies (e.g., genetically engineered or transgenic plants), but also plants with novel traits that may have been produced using more traditional methods, such as accelerated mutagenesis or plant breeding. These latter plants are only regulated in Canada.
The CADIMA (Central Access Database for Impact Assessment of Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies) is a central access point, developed by the EU Framework7 GRACE project, for relevant information sources for the risk assessment of GM plants.
Trade Map provides - in the form of tables, graphs and maps - indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and competitive markets, as well as a directory of importing and exporting companies. Trade Map covers 220 countries and territories and 5300 products of the Harmonized System. The monthly, quarterly and yearly trade flows are available from the most aggregated level to the tariff line level.
The ILO’s central statistics database (ILOSTAT) is the primary source for cross-country statistics on the labour market. The database contains over 100 indicators covering more than 230 countries and economies. The datasets contain annual data mainly collected through the ILO yearly questionnaire, which covers a wide range of topics including decent work indicators. The concepts have been streamlined for purposes of greater comparability. The main website displays general information on socio-economic considerations per each country, but it is possible to get more in detail looking for activities relating to agriculture.
UNCTADstat - A general country profile which provides an overview of key economic statistics by country. The statistical themes covered are: International trade, Economic trends, Foreign direct investment, External financial resources, Population and labour force, Information economy, Maritime transport. The main website displays general information on socio-economic considerations per each country, but it is possible to get more in detail looking for activities relating to agriculture.
EUROSTAT - Agricultural statistics were initially designed to monitor the main objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy, e.g. the production and supply of agricultural products and income in the agricultural sector. Today, agricultural statistics cover topics as diverse as farm structure, utilisation of farming land, labour input, production, supply/use, prices and the composition of agricultural income. Comprehensive information is available at both a national level and a regional level.