EFSA's Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has launched an open consultation on a Guidance on the risk assessment of genetically modified microorganisms and their food and feed products. This document provides updated guidance for the preparation and presentation of applications involving genetically modified microorganisms (GMMs). The Guidance covers GMMs for food and feed use: food and feed containing or consisting of GMMs, food and feed produced from or containing food ingredients or feed materials produced from GMMs, as well as substances such as additives, vitamins and enzymes produced with GMMs. In particular, it provides detailed guidance to assist in the preparation and presentation of applications to market GMMs and their products for food and/or feed use, according to Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003.
This Guidance updates and supersedes the current Guidance Document for the risk assessment of GMMs and their derived products intended for food and feed, adopted by the EFSA GMO Panel in 2006.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 24 January 2011. 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 or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.
EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.