Regional Workshop "Field Trials and Post-Release and Post-Market Monitoring of GMOs“

08/12/2011

Regional Workshop "Field Trials and Post-Release and Post-Market Monitoring of GMOs“

Workshop "Field Trials and Post-Release and Post-Market Monitoring of GMOs“ has been organized by the Ministry of Culture, Nature Protection Directorate and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) from Trieste with full financial support provided by the ICGEB. The workshop took place in the Hotel "Palace" from 5 to 7 December 2011.

Twenty participants from abroad and forty experts from the Republic of Croatia, including members of the scientific-advisory bodies, such as members of the Council for GMOs and both Committees (the Committee for Contained use and the Committee for Release of GMOs into the environment) have been invited.

The purpose of the workshop was to familiarize Croatian and foreign experts with the legislative framework of the European Union in regards to field trials and release of GMOs into the environment for experimental purposes which is also a part of the competence of the Directorate for Nature Protection under the Ministry of Culture (Part B of the Directive 2001/18/EC); to present the experience of the EU Member States in planning, implementing and monitoring field trials; to learn about the EU legislation in regards to the placing GMOs on the market (Part C of the Directive 2001/18) and to learn more about the methodology and detailed strategies for monitoring GMOs after release into the environment and their placing on the market.

During the workshop, the latest document „Guidelines on the post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) of GMOs“ published in April 2011 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been presented by the EFSA representative. Representatives of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation of Germany presented several studies that this agency had conducted on the risk assessment and release of GMOs into the environment. During the workshop, the experience of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Turkey in GMO applications, field trials, different methodologies of monitoring GMOs after release into the environment and their placing on the market have also been presented.