Environmental risk assessment, new plant-breeding techniques: EFSA meets with NGOs
Environmental risk assessment and new plant-breeding techniques topped the agenda of a meeting in Brussels on 31 January between the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The meeting began with an overview of the work of EFSA’s Scientific Committee on environmental risk assessment (ERA), with specific discussions on protection goals, the impacts on biodiversity of regulated products, endangered species and species recovery. The Vice Chair of EFSA’s Scientific Committee, Robert Luttik, also presented the outcomes of EFSA’s Scientific Colloquium on Biodiversity as protection goal in environmental risk assessment for EU agro-ecosystems, heldin Parma in November 2013.
The second half of the meeting focussed on new plant-breeding techniques, with a presentation from EFSA on its opinions on cisgenesis/intragenesis and zinc-finger nucleases as well as presentations and interventions from NGO representatives.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide NGOs, in particular those which may have been critical of EFSA in the past, a dedicated forum to exchange views on the scientific aspects of the Authority’s work.