The SBB is actively involved in scientific research dealing with biosafety matters. Through extensive literature reviews on emerging topics and integration into research projects at Belgian and European levels, the SBB contributes to improve the scientific knowledge in support of the assessment of the health and environmental impacts of GMOs and pathogens. Networking builds on the regular contacts the SBB has established with scientists in the frame of the evaluation of regulatory dossiers and the participation of the SBB in official experts groups at European or international levels.
Recent projects and collaborations include:
- EU-FP6 project “GM and non-GM supply chains: their CO-EXistence and TRAceability” (CO-EXTRA, 2005-2009)
- EU COST Action on the Biosafety of forest transgenic trees (FP0905, 2010-2014)
- EU-FP7 project “GMO Risk Assessment and Communication of Evidence” (GRACE, 2012-2015)
- Research project “Development of a platform in molecular biology and a database (biosafety information) for the detection of European unauthorized genetically modified organisms (UGM) in food and feed” (UGMMONITOR, 2012-2014) financed by the Belgian Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.