Biotech Updates

Regulations on GM Field Trials in Europe: A Review

February 10, 2012

A review article on field trials regulations in Europe was published in Plant Biotechnology journal authored by Sonia Gomez-Galera and colleagues. According to the report, the European Union probably has the most stringent regulations in governing field trials. However, there has never been any negative environmental impact reported from any GM trial carried out in the EU.

Thus, the authors recommend that EU should demonstrate that the risk linked to GM crops has been "reduced to the level where it is regarded as acceptable within the narrowly defined limits of the regulations developed and enforced by national and regional governments, that is, there is no greater risk than growing an equivalent conventional crop." They also stressed that the involvement of national and regional competent authorities in the decision-making process can add multiple layers of bureaucracy to the complicated process of regulation.

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