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Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms, Volume 4

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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Section 2 - Guidance document on the use of taxonomy in risk assessment of micro-organisms: Bacteria

For risk assessments of micro-organisms used in biotechnology there is, in a general sense, a significant amount of commonality in methods that are used. Regardless of the organism employed or the uses of the organism that are evaluated, certain basic issues always need to be addressed during the course of an assessment. This document addresses one of the basic elements: the use of microbial taxonomy in assigning or confirming the identity of a subject micro-organism. Since the methods of taxonomy and the rules for naming organisms are different for prokaryotes than for eukaryotes or viruses, this document will be limited in scope to the use of taxonomy in the assessment of Eubacteria and Archea (simplified as “bacteria”).

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