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:
The major outputs of the OECD programme are biosafety Consensus Documents, which provide science-based information for the use in environmental risk/safety assessment. These documents contains elements on the biology of the host species, characteristics of the introduced traits, considerations on possible environmental impacts, and other aspects for facilitating harmonisation.
Another part of the programme is its outreach activity, including the development of BioTrack Online for disseminating the information worldwide and promoting harmonised biosafety frameworks. In addition to the Consensus Documents, Biotrack provides links to regulatory contacts in OECD countries, as well as to information on products via the BioTrack Product Database of modern biotechnology which have been released to the environment.
Brochure: OECD and Risk/Safety Assessment in Modern Biotechnology
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