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  • 7-December-2016

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    Work on the safety of novel foods and feeds and on the harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology

    This work aims to assist countries evaluating the potential risks of transgenic products, ensure high safety standards, and foster mutual understanding of relevant regulations. Event: OECD side event on risk-safety assessment in modern biotechnology at the Convention on Biological Diversity on Thursday 8 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.

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  • 5-December-2016

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    Consensus documents: work on the safety of novel foods and feeds

    These documents contain elements for use during the regulatory assessment of a particular food/feed product such as those derived from transgenic organisms.

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  • 5-December-2016

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    Environmental biosafety

    Most OECD countries and many non-members have a system of regulatory oversight for products of modern biotechnology (genetically-engineered /transgenic organisms) which are intended for release to the environment. The OECD biosafety work programme aims to consider all types of organisms (plants, trees, animals, micro-organisms) and to promote international harmonisation.

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  • 5-December-2016

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    Consensus documents: work on harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology

    These documents focus on the biology of organisms (such as plants, trees or micro-organisms) or introduced novel traits.

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  • 3-August-2016

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    Revised Consensus Document on Compositional Considerations for New Varieties of Rice (Oryza sativa): Key Food and Feed Nutrients, Anti-nutrients and other constituents

    The document addresses compositional considerations for new varieties of rice by identifying the key food and feed nutrients, anti-nutrients, and other constituents. A general description of these components is provided including background material on the cultivated rice species, production, consumption, processing and uses of rice, and considerations to be taken into account when assessing new varieties of this crop.

  • 5-April-2016

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    Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms in the Environment, Volume 5 - OECD Consensus Documents

    This series represents a compilation of the biosafety consensus documents developed by the OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology over the periods 2011-12 (Volume 5) and 2013-15 (Volume 6). Volumes 5 and 6 describe the biology, centres of origin, genetics, hybridisation, production and use, and ecology elements of several crops (sugarcane, cassava, sorghum, common bean, cucurbits) and trees (eucalyptus species). They also provide considerations on pathogenicity factors in assessing the potential adverse health effects of bacteria, and the low level presence of transgenic plants in seed and grain commodities.
    The consensus documents contain information for use during the regulatory assessment of products of modern biotechnology, i.e. transgenic organisms (plants, animals, micro-organisms), when intended for release in the environment. As such, it should be of value to applicants for use of genetically-engineered organisms in agriculture mainly, to regulators and risk assessors in national authorities for their biosafety assessments, as well as the wider scientific community. More information on this OECD programme is found at BioTrack online (www.oecd.org/biotrack).

     

  • 5-April-2016

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    Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms in the Environment, Volume 6 - OECD Consensus Documents

    This series represents a compilation of the biosafety consensus documents developed by the OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology over the periods 2011-12 (Volume 5) and 2013-15 (Volume 6). Volumes 5 and 6 describe the biology, centres of origin, genetics, hybridisation, production and use, and ecology elements of several crops (sugarcane, cassava, sorghum, common bean, cucurbits) and trees (eucalyptus species). They also provide considerations on pathogenicity factors in assessing the potential adverse health effects of bacteria, and the low level presence of transgenic plants in seed and grain commodities.
    The consensus documents contain information for use during the regulatory assessment of products of modern biotechnology, i.e. transgenic organisms (plants, animals, micro-organisms), when intended for release in the environment. As such, it should be of value to applicants for use of genetically-engineered organisms in agriculture mainly, to regulators and risk assessors in national authorities for their biosafety assessments, as well as the wider scientific community. More information on this OECD programme is found at BioTrack online (www.oecd.org/biotrack).
     

  • 5-February-2016

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    Consensus Documents: work on harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology - Facilitating harmonisation

    This document constitutes the report of a workshop which was held at the OECD with the purpose of both improving the general understanding of “New Plant Breeding Techniques ” (and products derived through them) and sharing experiences of the environmental risk/safety assessment of these products.

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  • 22-December-2015

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    Consensus Document on Compositional Considerations for New Varieties of Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)

    This document supplies basic information useful in risk/safety assessment of food and feed using new varieties of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris): background on this major legume which is grown and consumed worldwide, compositional considerations, key constituents (nutrients, anti-nutrients, and others). Constituents to be analysed are suggested. This publication is issued in the Novel Food and Feed Safety Series.

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  • 22-December-2015

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    Consensus Document on the Biology of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)

    This publication is a tool for environmental safety assessment of COWPEA varieties. This grain legume is an important staple crop in (sub)tropical regions, in Africa mainly. It can be genetically-engineered for resistance to herbicides, pests or diseases. Biology elements useful to biosafety evaluation are detailed, e.g. taxonomy, cultivation, reproduction, genetics, hybridisation, ecology, common pests and pathogens.

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