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This publication provides an introduction for the layman to crop breeding practices and to the wealth of centuries-long knowledge and experience on which today's agriculture depends.
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Following the publication of "Recombinant DNA Safety Considerations" and "Good Developmental Principles for Small-scale Field Research",the OECD Group of National Experts on Safety in Biotechnology further developed safety principles.
Decides that Member countries shall co-operatively investigate high production volume (HPV) chemicals in order to identify those which are potentially hazardous to the environment and/or to the health of the general public or workers.
Decides that Member countries in which testing of chemicals for purposes of assessment related to the protection of health and the environment is being carried out pursuant to principles of good laboratory practice that are consistent with the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice.
Recommends that, in applying the Polluter-Pays Principle in connection with accidents involving hazardous substances, Member countries take into account the "Guiding Principles Relating to Accidental Pollution" set out in the Appendix which is an integral part of this Recommendation.
Recommends that Member countries take action to facilitate, as appropriate, opportunities for the public to comment prior to decisions being made by public authorities concerning siting and licensing of hazardous installations and the development of community emergency preparedness plans.
Decides that Member Countries concerned shall exchange information and consult one another, on a reciprocal basis if so desired, with the objective of preventing accidents capable of causing transfrontier damage and reducing damage should such an accident occur.
Decides that Member countries shall establish or strengthen national programmes to systematically investigate existing chemicals, in order to identify those which need to be managed and/or controlled.
Recommends that if a chemical is exported which is banned or severely restricted in the exporting Member country, information be provided from that country to the importing country to enable the latter to make timely and informed decisions concerning that chemical.
Recommends that authorities responsible in Member countries for receiving notifications of new chemicals require each notifier to identify the laboratories which produced each of the health, safety, and environmental data.