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Outcome of the public consultation on the draft Scientific Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) on the guidance document on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants

EFSA Journal 2010;8(11):1880 [202 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1880
European Food Safety Authority Acknowledgment EFSA wishes to thank the members of the Working Group on ERA guidance document for the preparation of this EFSA scientific output: Detlef Bartsch (chair), Cristina Chueca, Adinda De Schrijver, Achim Gathmann, Rosie Hails, Antoine Messéan, Joe Perry, Lucia Roda, Angela Sessitsch, Geoff Squire, Jeremy Sweet (vice-chair) and EFSA’s staff members Karine Lheureux, Sylvie Mestdagh and Yann Devos for the support provided to this EFSA scientific output. Contact GMO@efsa.europa.eu
Type: Technical Report On request from: EFSA Question number: EFSA-Q-2010-00109 Issued: 27 October 2010 Published: 12 November 2010 Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Parma Italy
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On 27 January 2010, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) endorsed a draft scientific opinion on the guidance on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants with the aim of launching it for a two-month public consultation. This Scientific Report summarises the comments received through the public consultation and outlines how these were taken into account in the final scientific opinion.

EFSA received from 39 interested parties (individuals, non-governmental organisations, industry organisations, academia and national assessment bodies) 494 comments on the draft scientific opinion. All the public comments received that were within the remit of the EFSA GMO Panel were assessed and the scientific opinion on the guidance on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants has been revised taking these relevant comments into consideration.

The scientific opinion follows a weight-of-evidence, case-by-case approach as also described in the updated EFSA guidance document for the risk assessment of GM plants and derived food and feed. The EFSA GMO Panel addressed the general comments that were related to the conduct of this approach as well as more technical comments related to specifics issues.