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EFSA GMO Panel guidance on the evaluation of potential adverse effects of GM plants on non-target organisms

Devos, Yann; Bartsch, Detlef; Gathmann, Achim; Hails, Rosemary S.; Kiss, Jozsef; Messéan, Antoine; Mestdagh, Sylvie; Perry, Joe N.; Sweet, Jeremy B.; Arpaia, Salvatore. 2012 EFSA GMO Panel guidance on the evaluation of potential adverse effects of GM plants on non-target organisms. In: Romeis, Jörg; Meissle, Michael; Álvarez-Alfageme, Fernando, (eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth Meeting on Ecological Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms (EIGMO) at Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic), 22–25 June, 2011. International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants, West Palearctic Regional Section (IOBC/WPRS), 37-43. (IOBC/WPRS Bulletin, v. 73).

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Abstract/Summary

In November 2010, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a Scientific Opinion (SO) that delivers guidance on the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified (GM) plants. Beside the ERA SO, the EFSA GMO Panel developed a separate SO that provides specific guidance for the evaluation of potential adverse effects of GM plants on non-target organisms (NTOs). This paper describes some elements of the ERA SO and NTO SO pertaining to NTO risk assessment, with a focus on: (1) problem formulation; (2) protection goals and limits of concern; (3) intended and unintended effects; (4) species selection for testing purposes; and (5) stacked transformation events. Some scientific comments from EU Member States and stakeholders received during the development of both documents through public consultations are also presented.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 1 - Observations, Patterns, and Predictions for Biodiversity
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 2 - Ecological Processes in the Environment
CEH Sections: Hails
ISBN: 9789290672500
Additional Keywords: EFSA, environmental risk assessment, GM plants, intended and unintended effects, nontarget organisms, problem formulation, protection goals, species selection
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 12 Mar 2012 10:51
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17136

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