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Current experiences with environmental risk assessment

Funded under: FP5


The current state of the art in the field of environmental risk assessment (ERA) for GMOs does not allow for the elaboration of unique, standardised and validated methodologies for conducting quantitative risk assessments.

The following may be considered as key-elements in the risk assessment process: (i) Expert judgement ought to be fully appreciated in the ERA process for GMOs; (ii) High quality review and test data provide the basis for decision making; (iii) Appropriate guidance to perform ERAs for GMOs should be provided, particularly with regard to hazard identification.

When assessing the impact on human and animal health the following elements require specific attention: allergenicity, intended and unintended toxic effects and mixing of traits that are destined to remain contained as they serve a particular purpose. se.

Additional information

Authors: VAN DEN EEDE G, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Release of Genetically Modified Organisms in the Environment: is it a human health hazard?, Rome (IT) 7-9 September 2000
Availability: Available from European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Public Relations and Publications Unit, Brussels (BE)
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