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Document Exchange

In this section, AHTEG members and invited experts can upload and download relevant documents.
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Documents of general interest to the AHTEG

The aim of this report is to scrutinize the current practice of environmental risk assessment and to identify the major shortcomings. Those areas are highlighted for which improvements are considered urgently needed. The suggestions for standardization and improvement of the environmental risk assessment of GMOs made in this report address the basic needs of improvement from a science- based environmental point of view. It does neither claim to be final nor conclusive but intends to provide a basis for discussion and to fuel scientific but also political debate on the current practice of the ERA.

Documents of the SWG on the Roadmap

Please find new version of the roadmap with suggested edits and some fairly extensive comments. The comments are edits were made in the hope of helping us achieve 3 goals: simplification of the roadmap (make it clearer); removal of language that is better left to policy and national sovereignty without affecting the scientific content; and consistency with Annex III and the protocol. I appreciate all Hans' efforts to create a much improved draft from which I could work. I also look forward to a rich and productive discussion in The Hague. Sincerely, Tom
This document authored by Ryan Hill [Environmental Biosafety Research 4(2005)67-70] is important reading for our work on the Roadmap. Ryan highlights certain issues that we will continue to discuss on the SWG and within the AHTEG. My guess is that it can be found in the BIRC.
Circulated by the Chair of the SWG on 8 May 2009 with request for comments to be submitted no later than 27 May.
New version of the Roadmap, of 10 June 2009, based on comments of the members of the SWG on the previous version.
We should be familiar with the Framework for Pest Risk Analysis published through the IPPC. This is the only true standard on the subject, and 170 countries are signatory to the IPPC.
This document contains information on visa requirements and hotel reservation among other practical information relevant to the meeting.
Concensus document from the OECD that describes the approach to approving field releases of GM plant and microorganisms.

Documents of the SWG on Mosquitoes

A chapter by Andrew Spielman, John C. Beier, and Anthony E. Kiswewskii, of the book: Genetically Engineered Organisms Acessing Environmental and Human Health Effects.
Extract from Control of Communicable Diseases Manual. James Chin, ed. 17th Edition, 2000. American Public Health Association
Guidance created by the American Committee of Medical Entomology and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene as part of the Arthropod Containment Guidelines. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2003. 3:61-98
A compilation of papers presented during the recent WHO meeting on GM vectors
*** Background document for the Meeting of the SWG on the Roadmap, The Hague, 12-14 October 2009 ***
*** Background document for the Meeting of the SWG on the Roadmap, The Hague, 12-14 October 2009 ***
*** Background document for the Meeting of the SWG on the Roadmap, The Hague, 12-14 October 2009 ***

Documents of the SWG on Stacked Genes

The objective of this document is to set the scene with respect to the risk assessment, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 and Directive 2001/18/EC, of Genetically Modified (GM) plants containing stacked transformation events. For the purpose of this document “stacked” events are defined as those combined by conventional breeding1. This document will be used by the EFSA Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) when reviewing and updating its current Guidance Document for risk assessment of genetically modified plants and derived food and feed.
a position document providing the definition of gene stacking in plants, as well as its implications in relation to genetics, safety, detectability and European regulations
Recent discussions about applications for “stacked events” and the respective opinions delivered by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have highlighted the controversy among risk assessors and among Member States about the particular risk assessment requirements for applications for this type of GMPs. Most of the controversy is about requirements in addition to the data submitted for the parental GM events. Very recently, in mid 2006, EFSA published a Draft Guidance Document on this topic and launched a public consultation. Against this background, this study aims at identifying key issues for the risk assessment specific to “stacked events” and investigates how these issues are considered in practice. Based on these experiences the study identifies open questions and the need for further clarifications and research.
*** Background document for the Meeting of the SWG on the Roadmap, The Hague, 12-14 October 2009 ***
*** Background document for the Meeting of the SWG on the Roadmap, The Hague, 12-14 October 2009 ***