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Group of Experts in charge of evaluating the Farm-Scale Evaluations (FSEs) trials
(Last revised: February 28, 2006 )

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Background information

The Farm Scale Evaluations (FSEs) is a four-year programme of research conducted, upon request of the UK authorities, by independent researchers aimed at studying the effect, if any, that the management practices associated with Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant (GMHT) crops might have on farmland wildlife, when compared with weed control used with non-GM crops.
The final results for the three spring sown crops, maize, beet and spring oilseed rape, were published in 2003.

On 28 October 2003, the Belgian Federal Minister for the Environment, Consumer Protection and Sustainable Development requested the Biosafety Advisory Council to
1) formulate an advice on the FSEs reports,
2) evaluate whether the FSEs reports provide new elements in terms of risk assessment for the human health and the environment, and
3) formulate an advice on the potential impact, if any, of FSEs study with regard to the oilseed rape notification C/BE/96/01 of Bayer CropScience (MS8xRF3).

To this end, the Biosafety Advisory Council mandated a Group of Experts, under the supervision of 2 coordinators and with the assistance of the Division of Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB).
The experts had to answer to a questionnaire gathering questions from the SBB, the coordinators, the members of the Biosafety Advisory Council, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Consumer Protection and Sustainable Development and the NGOs (Friends of the Earth, GeneWatch, Greenpeace en Collectif d'Action GEnethique). The source from the questions remained unknown for the experts.

In total, the Division of Biosafety and Biosafety (SBB) acknowledged eight reports that were separately summarised by the two coordinators of the Group of Expert. On demand of the members of the Biosafety Advisory Council both summaries were merged to a joint report. The joint report contains in annex the answers of the experts to the formulated questions.  

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