EFSA to discuss GMO guidelines with NGOs

EFSA to discuss GMO guidelines with NGOs

As part of its on-going consultation with stakeholders, EFSA today announced its intention to call a meeting in September 2010 with environmental NGOs on its guidelines for the Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

The revised draft ERA guidelines are the result of two years' work by scientists from all over Europe and demonstrate EFSA's commitment to staying at the forefront of recent developments in the field of GM plant environmental risk assessment.

In December 2008 the Environment Council concluded that the implementation of the EU legal framework for GMOs should be reinforced. Following this conclusion and preparatory work, EFSA launched a public consultation on the draft guidance.

EFSA received 494 comments in response to its public consultation on GM plant ERA in March-April 2010. In addition, over 2,000 viewers have consulted the webstreamed meeting with Member State experts held in Berlin on 17 June.

Following on from discussions with Member States and recognising the specific interests of environmental NGOs, an invitation will be extended for a consultation in September 2010.
In line with EFSA's commitment to regular stakeholder dialogue, EFSA annually invites NGOs to a meeting to discuss the latest scientific issues regarding genetically modified organisms. This year, the environmental NGO consultation will take place in September and will focus on the draft GM plant ERA guidelines.
Source: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)