Policy Considerations for Gene Editing: The Asian and Australian Perspective 23 - 25 August 2022 / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ISAAA Inc., BioTrust Global, the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center, Murdoch University, and the National Seed Association Malaysia will hold the workshop Policy Considerations for Gene Editing: The Asian and Australian Perspective from August 23 to 25, 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The workshop aims to:

  • raise awareness among stakeholders to enable science-based participation in the development of policy and regulatory framework for gene editing in Asian countries;
  • facilitate harmonization in gene editing regulations in the region
  • support advancement in gene editing applications for improved crop yields and quality for consumption

This workshop intends to inform local policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders about how they can proactively play a role in developing their respective national policies for gene editing to support international harmonization of gene editing policies, enhance applications of gene editing and reduce trade barriers, and ultimately, support sustainable food security.

Registration Fee:

  • Private Sector - Participants will pay USD200 to cover subsidised room for 4 nights, meeting package and official dinner. They will pay their own airfare.
  • Public Sector - Registration fee is waived but participants must buy their air ticket. 

If you are interested in joining this event, please contact info@bic.org.my or knowledge.center@isaaa.org

AGENDA:

DAY 1: AUGUST 23, 2022
SESSION 1: THE BASICS OF GENE EDITING
TIME (GMT+7) AGENDA
8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening remarks and introduction to workshop (Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan, MABIC)
9:10 am - 9:40 am The basics on gene editing (Prof Mike Jones, Murdoch University)
9:40 am - 10:10 am Applications of gene editing and current products (Dr Kay Khoo, BASF)
10:10 am - 10:40 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:10 am Safety of gene edited crops for food and environment (Dr Gabriel Romero, Philippines Seed Industry Association)
11:10 am - 11:40 am Discussion
SESSION 2: POLICIES & REGULATIONS
11:40 am - 12:10 pm Global Status of Policies and Regulations on Gene editing (Mr Osman Mewett, Australian Seed Federation)
12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Current development in Asia Pacific on gene editing policies (Australia, Japan, India, Philippines, Singapore)  (Moderated by Sonny, CropLife Asia)
12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Discussion
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dialogue: Status of gene editing regulations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea (Moderated by Dr Rhodora Aldemita, ISAAA)
4:00 pm End of Day 1
DAY 2: AUGUST 24, 2022
SESSION 3: PATHWAYS-TO-MARKET & COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL
TIME (GMT+7) AGENDA
9:00 am - 9:20 am The commercial pathway of gene edited crops vs GM (Osman Mewett, Australian Seed Federation)
9:20 am - 9:50 am
India (Dr Shivedra Bajaj, Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII))
9:50 am - 10:10 am Current research on gene editing in Malaysia (Dr Kumitaa, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
10:10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 am Current research and products ready for market: Challenges and opportunities (Japan) 
10:50 am - 11:10 am Why gene editing is important for China and the proactive measures (Chinese speaker) c/o Olah
11:10 am - 11:30 am United Kingdom (Dr Penny Hundleby, John Innes Institute)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Discussion 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
SESSION 4: THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE DIPLOMACY & HARMONIZATION
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Science Diplomacy Interface of Biotechnology (Mohammad Adeel, Murdoch University)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout session: Biotech Game: A Science Diplomacy Deliverable for Science Communication (Prof Mike Jones & Adeel, Murdoch University)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Discussion
4:30 pm End of Day 2
DAY 3: AUGUST 25, 2022
SESSION 5: ENABLING REGULATION FOR ASIA / AUSTRALASIA - WORKING GROUPS
TIME (GMT+7) AGENDA
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Brainstorming on policy considerations to support research, development, commercialization and trade of gene edited products
i. Opportunities
ii. Challenges and barriers
iii. Stakeholder perspectives
iv. Way forward for policy consensus 
10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Plenary Presentation of the output and discussion (Moderator: Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan, MABIC)
12:30 pm Closing (Dr Rhodora Aldemita, ISAAA)