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Guidance notes for the safety assessment of genetically modified crops for food and feed use
(Publication date: 8 April 2003)

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Introductory note

The Division of Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB) has coordinated in 2003 the drafting of guidance documents for the safety assessment of genetically modified crops for food and feed use. These documents aim at providing guidance to notifiers and biosafety assessors regarding the type and extent of studies that have to be carried out to enable the conduct of the safety assessment.

The documents have been prepared with the support of scientists chosen from the list of experts jointly established by the SBB and the Biosafety Advisory Council.
To this end, 5 working groups have been set up .

Within the Scientific Committee "Transgenic Plants" a working group drafted guidelines on:

  • Molecular characterisation of transgenic plants to be placed on the market

Within the Scientific Committee "GM Foods and Feeds" 4 working groups developed guidance notes respectively on the following topics:

  • Toxicological aspects of genetically modified foods and feeds
  • Allergenic aspects of genetically modified foods and feeds
  • Nutritional aspects of genetically modified foods
  • Nutritional aspects of genetically modified feeds

A paper version of the guidance notes can be obtained from the Division of Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB)

Guidance notes (PDF Files)

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