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2007-09-02 12:51 UTC (UNEP-GEF)
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2012-05-11 21:15 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
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2012-05-11 21:15 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

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Directive 94-08 (Dir94-08): Assessment Criteria for Determining Environmental Safety of Plants with Novel Traits
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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1A 0Y9
Phone:+1 613 225 2342
Fax:+1 613 228 6601
Url:Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Plant Products Directorate
Plant Biosafety Office
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y9  Canada
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Directive 94-08, entitled "Assessment Criteria for Determining Environmental Safety of Plant with Novel Traits", has been prepared to provide guidance regarding the submission of an application for the authorization of the unconfined release of a plant with a novel trait (PNT) in Canada, as may be required under Part V of the Seed Regulations. Due to the broad range of PNTs that may be developed and submitted for approval in Canada , the information provided in these guidelines should not be considered as exhaustive and will be updated as appropriate to reflect current scientific knowledge and acquired field experience.   The scope of this Directive covers all plants (excluding aquatic plants) containing a novel trait that has been intentionally selected, created, or introduced into a distinct, stable population of the cultivated plant species through a specific genetic change, including agricultural and horticultural crop plants and forest trees.  The purpose of this Directive is to (i) provide guidance on what constitutes a PNT, (ii) define the criteria and information relevant to an environmental safety assessment of a PNT under consideration for release and (iii) describe the steps leading to the unconfined release of a PNT. This includes identification of potential concerns, relevant information, and procedures to assess potential environmental effects associated with the unconfined release of PNTs.
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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
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LMO categories: Plants