18.144 - 18.145 Traceability

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Decision directed to: Parties

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*.

* This information should be carried, on a case by case basis, from as close to the point of harvest as practicable and needed to the point at which the information facilitates the verification of legal acquisition and non-detriment findings and helps prevent laundering of illegal products.

b) take note of the information available on the CITES webpage on traceability, as appropriate, such as the working definition of traceability; technical standards for CITES traceability; managerial best practice guidelines for planning and implementing CITES traceability systems; and projects related to traceability, which can provide guidance to Parties that develop or implement CITES traceability projects.


Decision directed to: Secretariat

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.