The brochure describes the work implemented at OECD on food, feed and environmental safety of modern biotechnology. It is updated regularly, latest version: October 2012
The brochure presents the activities of both the "Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds” and the "Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology". Both programmes aim to contribute to the assessment of the safety of products derived from modern biotechnology, a challenging issue as genetically engineered crops are increasingly cultivated worldwide and as human foods and animal feeds derived from such crops are marketed. The OECD work deals also with trees, animals or microorganisms where modern biotechnology is applied.
Participating countries and observers work together to harmonise approaches and share information used in risk/safety assessment. The "Consensus Documents” constitute the main output of the work, as practical and science-based tools relevant to risk/safety assessors and regulators.