Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms, Volume 2

OECD Consensus Documents

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These OECD Biosafety Consensus Documents identify elements of scientific information used in the environmental safety and risk assessment of transgenic organisms which are common to OECD member countries.  This is intended to encourage information sharing and prevent duplication of effort among countries. This book offers ready access to those consensus documents which have been published thus far. As such, it should be of value to applicants for commercial uses of transgenic crops, regulators in national authorities as well as the wider scientific community. More information on the OECD's work related to the biosafety of transgenic organisms is found at BioTrack Online (http://www.oecd.org/biotrack).



Genetically engineered crops (also known as transgenic crops) such as maize, soybean, rapeseed and cotton have been approved for commercial use in an increasing number of countries. During the period from 1996 to 2005, for example, there was more than fifty-fold increase in the area grown with transgenic crops worldwide, reaching 90 million hectares in 20051. Such approvals usually follows a science-based risk/ safety assessment.


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