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The Seventh Review Conference decided that a review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention would be one of three Standing Agenda Items to be addressed annually during the 2012–2015 intersessional programme. These Standing Agenda Items have been addressed at both the Meeting of Experts and Meeting of States Parties that were part of the 2012–2015 intersessional programme. The topics discussed under this agenda item were:

  • New science and technology developments that have potential for uses contrary to the provisions of the Convention
  • New science and technology developments that have potential benefits for the Convention, including those of special relevance to disease surveillance, diagnosis and mitigation
  • Measures for strengthening national biological risk management
  • Voluntary codes of conduct and other measures to encourage responsible conduct by scientists, academia and industry
  • Education and awareness-raising about risks and benefits of life sciences and biotechnology
  • Science- and technology-related developments relevant to the activities of multilateral organizations such as the WHO, OIE, FAO, IPPC and OPCW
  • Any other science and technology developments of relevance to the Convention


In addition to these topics which were discussed throughout the intersessional programme, States Parties also considered a different topical scientific subject each year:
  • 2012: advances in enabling technologies, including high-throughput systems for sequencing, synthesizing and analyzing DNA; bioinformatics and computational tools; and systems biology
  • 2013: advances in technologies for surveillance, detection, diagnosis and mitigation of infectious diseases, and similar occurrences caused by toxins in humans, animals and plants
  • 2014: advances in the understanding of pathogenicity, virulence, toxicology, immunology and related issues
  • 2015: advances in production, dispersal and delivery technologies of biological agents and toxins


Below are the working papers and the presentations submitted on these particular topics during the 2012-2015 intersessional programme.

2012 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.1 The convergence of chemistry and biology: implications of developments in neurosciences - submitted by the United Kingdom
English

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.6 Developments in Science and Technology - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.10 Review of global developments in the field of biological sciences and biotechnologies in 2011 2012 that are relevant to the BTWC and have dual-use potential - Submitted by the Russian Federation (informal English translation included)
русский

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.12 Measures for mitigation of risks due to new science and technology developments of relevance to the BWC - Submitted by the European Union
English

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.14 The Effect/Impact of Biotechnology Progress on BWC - Submitted by China (Informal English translation included)
中文

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.16 The Convergence of Chemistry and Biology: Implications for the Review of Developments in the Field of Science related to the Convention - Submitted by Australia
English

· Sweden

· Germany

· The Netherlands

· Spain

· Aston University

· Germany

· Mexico (Spanish)

· Japan

· OPCW

· India

· IGSC

· University of Bradford


2012 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.2 The crucial role of life scientists in the effective implementation of the BTWC - submitted by Poland
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.4 Considerations and recommendations to inculcate awareness of the dual-use challenge into biosafety and biosecurity training and education for life scientists in States Parties - submitted by Canada
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.7 The intersessional process: comments and proposals - submitted by South Africa
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.9 “Código de Conducta para Científicos”. Presentado por Chile, Colombia, España, Italia y México (informal English translation included)
Español

2013 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.5 Developments in Science and Technology - Diagnostics - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.8 Advances in science and technology: Vaccine development - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.11 Advances in laboratory diagnostics, point of care detection, pathogen characterisation and potential benefits to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by South Africa
English

2013 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.4 Getting Past Yes: Moving From Consensus Text to Effective Action - Submitted by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.5 Establishing a dedicated structure for the review of developments in biological science and technology - Submitted by Switzerland
English

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.10 Addressing Modern Threats in the Biological Weapons Convention: A food for thought paper - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Ghana, Lithuania, Netherlands, Nigeria, Republic of Korea and Sweden
English


2014 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.2 Advances in Science and Technology: Understanding Pathogenicity and Virulence - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.4 Advances in science and technology: Evasion of the host immune response by pathogens - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.6 Aplicación nacional de la Convención sobre las Armas Biológicas: Una herramienta para la evaluación de las instalaciones con agentes biológicos (English unofficial translation included) - Submitted by Chile, Colombia, Spain and Mexico
Español

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.7 The United States of America Government oversight of life sciences dual use research of concern - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.7/Corr.1 The United States of America Government policy for oversight of life sciences dual use research of concern (DURC) - Submitted by the United States of America
English


2014 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.6 “Código de Conducta para Científicos” - submitted by Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico and Spain
Spanish


2015 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.5 - Advances in Science and Technology: Production and Delivery. Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.6 -Tacit Knowledge: The concept and its implications for biological weapons proliferation. Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.8 - Convergence between biology and chemistry: Latest findings of relevance to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Submitted by Switzerland
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.8/Corr.1 English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.9 - Advances in Science and Technology: Impact on Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Relevance to Article VII. Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.12- Advances in Science and Technology: Production, Dispersal and Delivery Technologies. Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.12/ Rev.1- English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.15- Review of developments in the fields of science and technology and Article X of the Convention. Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.11 - Reviewing developments in science and technology: Parameters and considerations for a dedicated process - Submitted by Switzerland

English

BWC/MX/2015/S&T-CRISPR/INC - An Adaptive Bacterial Immune System on Its Way to Become a Game Changer in Genetic Engineering - Submitted by Switzerland

English



2015 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.6/Rev.1 - Addressing modern threats in the Biological Weapons Convention: Follow-up and recommendations - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.9 - Proposal for the development of the template of biological scientist code of conduct under the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by China
Chinese (Unofficial English translation annexed)

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.10 - Reviewing developments in science and technology: Examples of dedicated processes - Submitted by Switzerland
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.14 - Science and technology advances and the application of “dual use” - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.14/Corr.1 English