Launch of EU research project on the systematic assessment of GM Plants

GM crops: risk assessment and regulation [image courtesy of fear The Food and Environment Research Agency web site]

Approved by the European Commission in July 2012, the Project will run to November 2015

The ICGEB is part of the consortium comprising 17 partners from 13 primarily European countries, recently awarded EUR 6 million to carry out in-depth evaluations of the scientific evidence pertaining to reported health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants, and to determine the suitability of animal feeding studies and their alternatives in providing data meaningful to health risk assessments of GM food and feed.

The ICGEB's Biosafety Unit is leading the WorkPackage responsible for the creation of the project database and online companion tutorials to host, not only, the collated data and information essential to the systematic reviews, but to explain the various processes by which the resulting conclusions were formed.

The Biosafety Unit will also be significantly involved in consultations throughout the consortium and with external stakeholders to ensure that the contents of these WorkPackage tools are made publicly-accessible, and the systematic reviews made amenable to independent analyses, especially should additional relevant data be generated beyond the project lifetime.

Further reading: Press release


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