The Genetic Resources Policy Committee (GRPC) and the Science Council of the CGIAR organized the workshop "Technical issues associated with the development of CGIAR policies to address the possibility of adventitious presence of transgenes in CGIAR ex situ collections" from 30 August - 1 September 2004 in Rome, Italy. Based on the technical information from the workshop, the Genetic Resources Policy Committee drew up draft guiding principles. The draft record was widely circulated over a six month period for consultation with all stakeholders. They were distributed to NARS, civil society organizations, and farmers organizations through the IPGRI website, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, and GRAIN's bio-IPR listserver for inputs and comments.
The draft record was revised accordingly at the meeting of the GRPC in March 2005 in Hyderabad, India. The final version was unanimously adopted by the GRPC at that time and recommended for adoption by the Future Harvest Centers of the CGIAR. Subsequently, the Centers' Director Generals (comprising the Future Harvest Alliance Executive) unanimously adopted the guiding principles. The document was updated in April 2007.