The European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (EFSA GMO Panel) has launched an open consultation on a draft Guidance Document on the Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) of Genetically Modified Animals (GMA).
The aim of this draft Document is to guide applicants and risk assessors throughout a comprehensive safety assessment of GM animals to be released into the environment. This initiative was undertaken in response to a mandate received from the European Commission.
This draft Document provides guidelines supplementing the recently published Guidance Document on the risk assessment of food and feed containing, consisting or produced from GMA as well as for the health and welfare assessment of these animals.
In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and all stakeholders, EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft Guidance Document.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 31 August 2012. Please use exclusively the electronic template provided with the documents to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by e-mail or by post cannot be taken into account and that a submission will not be considered if it is:
- submitted after the deadline set out in the call,
- presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template,
- not related to the contents of the document,
- contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material,
- is related to policy which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.
EFSA will assess all relevant comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the EFSA GMO Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.
All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.