18.144 - 18.145 Traceability

Decision directed to:
Parties are encouraged to:

a) use, where feasible, the working definition of CITES traceability as follows:
Traceability is the ability to access information on specimens and events in a CITES species supply chain*.

Decision directed to:
The Secretariat shall:
a) include the working definition on traceability mentioned in Decision 18.144 paragraph a) into the CITES glossary;
b) continue to provide information on CITES related traceability projects and latest developments on the CITES webpage on traceability;
c) continue to provide support to Parties in the implementation of traceability systems involving CITES-listed specimens, subject to availability of external funding;
d) continue to work with the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and other relevant standard-setting bodies on the potential for integration of CITES traceability systems into international traceability standards and recommendations for traceability; and
e) review reports submitted by Parties on their experiences in implementing traceability and report as necessary to the Standing Committee.