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Date of creation
2012-02-28 13:59 UTC (mwach@ilsi.org)
Date of last update
2012-05-25 18:50 UTC (manoela.miranda@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-06-01 19:12 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

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Problem Formulation for the Environmental Risk Assessment of RNAi Plants: Conference Proceedings
Morven McLean
Author’s contact information
Center for Environmental Risk Assessment
1156 15th Street
Second Floor
Washington, DC  20005
+1 202 659-3306
Organization(s) involved in the publication of this resource
Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA)
1156 15th Street, NW
Second Floor
Washington, DC
United States of America, 20005-1743
Phone:+1 202 659-3306
Fax:+1 202 659-3617
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The application of RNA interference (RNAi) to produce genetically engineered crops with improved agronomic, nutritional, industrial, and food-processing traits is becoming increasingly common. As new products approach commercialization, it is timely to consider whether the approach currently applied to the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically engineered crops expressing novel proteins remains appropriate for the ERA of genetically engineered plants utilizing RNAi approaches. This question was the subject of the conference "Problem Formulation for the Environmental Risk Assessment of RNAi Plants" convened by the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), ILSI Research Foundation June 1-3, 2011. The objectives of the conference were:

1. To share information about current applications of RNAi for genetically engineered plants;
2. To use case studies to explore whether problem formulation for RNAi plants leads to new or additional risk hypotheses when compared with non-RNAi plants expressing similar traits, or if new risk assessment methodologies are necessary.

This report summarizes the proceedings of the conference, including presentations, case studies, a summary of discussions, and the points of consensus agreed by the participants.
Thematic areas
  • Biosafety policy and regulation
    • National/Domestic regulatory frameworks or guidelines
    • National policies
    • National administrative frameworks
    • National decision making system
  • LMO use and transboundary movement
    • LMOs for use as food or feed or for processing
    • LMOs for introduction into the environment (Environmental releases)
    • Field trials
  • 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”
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
  • 3. Risk assessment of living modified plants with tolerance to abiotic stress
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Type of resource
  • Conference paper / Proceedings
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Washington, DC
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