18.171 Simplified procedures for permits and certificates

Decision directed to:
The Secretariat shall, in consultation with Parties and stakeholders, prepare draft guidance on the use of the simplified procedures and on the use of the exemption for scientific exchange. The draft guidance shall be shared with the Standing Committee for review, amendment as appropriate, and endorsement. The guidance should include consideration of other types of specimens in addition to those identified in document CoP18 Doc. 56, paragraph 13 with a focus on the international movement of CITES specimens where the trade will have a negligible impact on the species concerned. The Secretariat shall also develop a dedicated page on the CITES website on simplified procedures. If so requested and subject to external funding, the Secretariat shall organize specific training workshops on simplified procedures.