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Record ID
101371
Status
Published
Date of creation
2010-09-15 15:27 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2012-05-09 19:54 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-05-09 19:54 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General Information
Title
Scientific Opinion on Guidance for the risk assessment of genetically modified plants used for non-food or non-feed purposes
Author
EFSA Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
Organization(s) involved in the publication of this resource
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Largo N. Palli 5/A
Parma
Italy, I-43100
Phone:+39 0521 036111
Fax:+39 0521 036110
Email:Elisabeth.Waigmann@efsa.europa.eu
Url:EFSA website
Language(s)
  • English
Publication date
2009
Subject
Summary, abstract or table of contents
This Opinion discusses the risk assessment issues associated with Genetically Modified (GM) plants used for non-food or non-feed purposes (e.g. for the production of industrial or medicinal products, biofuel or for phytoremediation), and outlines the applicable legal framework and the recommended scientific methods for their risk assessment. A comparative approach is advocated but will need to be applied carefully. Consumption is not expected with these GM plants used for non-food or non-feed purposes, but accidental oral, dermal, ocular and inhalatory exposure is possible and assessments of toxicity and allergenicity are discussed. This Opinion recommends that exposure assessments take account of any strategies to reduce exposure or gene flow proposed by the applicant. It is considered that existing guidance on the environmental risk assessment of GM plants is adequate but that additional emphasis should be given to issues such as gene transfer and the exposure of non-target organisms, particularly wildlife feeding on these GM plants. The Opinion further describes the importance of risk management systems, such as post-market environmental monitoring, standard production protocols/stewardship, or confinement strategies to reduce exposure to the GM plant.
Thematic areas
  • Scientific and technical issues
    • Risk assessment
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
Is this document is recommend as background material for the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms”
Yes
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
Additional Information
Type of resource
  • Scientific Opinion
Identifier
EFSA Journal 2009; 1164: 1-42
Publisher and its location
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Rights
© European Food Safety Authority, 2009
Format
42 page PDF file
Keywords and any other relevant information
Molecular farming, plant production platforms, GMO, GM plants, risk assessment, non-food, non-feed, phytoremediation, ornamental use, plant-made industrial compound (PMI), plantmade medicinal product (PMP), Directive 2001/18/EC, Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003, Regulation (EC) No 726/2004, Regulation (EEC) No 2309/93.

For citation purposes: EFSA Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO); Scientific Opinion on Guidance for the risk assessment of genetically modified plants used for non-food or non-feed purposes, on request of EFSA. EFSA Journal 1164. [42 pp.]. Available online: http://www.efsa.europa.eu