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Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms, Volume 3

OECD Consensus Documents

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The books on “Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms” constitute a compilation of the OECD Biosafety Consensus Documents. When published, Volume 1 and 2 contained the documents issued before 2006; Volume 3 and 4 are a continuation of the compilation up to 2010.

The 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 and some non members associated with the work. This is intended to encourage information sharing, promote harmonised practices, and prevent duplication of effort among countries.

These books offer ready access to those consensus documents which have been issued on the website thus far. As such, it should be of value to applicants for commercial uses of transgenic organisms (crops, trees, microorganisms), to regulators and risk assessors 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).

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Introduction to the biosafety consensus documents

The OECD’s Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (the Working Group) comprises delegates from the 33 member countries of OECD and the European Commission. Typically, delegates are from those government ministries and agencies, which have responsibility for the environmental risk/safety assessment of products of modern biotechnology. The Working Group also includes a number of observer delegations and invited experts who participate in its work, such as Argentina; the Russian Federation; the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and; the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD); the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). In recent years, with the increasing use of biotech products in many regions of the world together with the development of activities relating to tropical and subtropical species, there has been increased participation of non-member economies including Brazil, Cameroon, China, Estonia, India, the Philippines and South Africa.

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