EFSA Guidelines on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified animals in the EU: The process and risk assessment considerations

Sylvie Mestdagh, Yann Devos, Christina Ehlert, Yi Liu, Nancy Podevin, Stefano Rodighiero, Elisabeth Waigmann, J. Kiss, Joe N. Perry, Jeremy B. Sweet

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

The scientific Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) developed guidelines for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals that provide specific recommendations for GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds. The guidelines advocate that the environmental risk assessment of GM animals is conducted on a case-by-case basis, in a scientifically sound and transparent manner, and follows common methodology for the identification, gathering and interpretation of the data. Besides specific considerations, the guidelines provide generic advice on the choice of comparators, the use of non-GM surrogates, the assessment of long-term effects, uncertainty analysis, modelling requirements and statistical principles. Three dedicated Working Groups of the EFSA GMO Panel were involved in the elaboration of the environmental risk assessment guidelines, which underwent a public consultation before finalisation. Relevant comments received from risk assessment bodies of EU Member States, the scientific community, stakeholders and the public were considered by the Working Groups. The Working Groups also took into account the external scientific reports on GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds commissioned by EFSA. These reports provided background information by mapping relevant fields of expertise and identifying essential elements to be considered when performing an environmental risk assessment of GM animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalJournal fur Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit
Volume9
Issue numberSUPPL.1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Fingerprint

Genetically Modified Animals
Process Assessment (Health Care)
Food Safety
environmental assessment
risk assessment
food safety
Guidelines
Genetically Modified Organisms
animals
Birds
genetically modified organisms
mammals
Insects
Mammals
Fishes
uncertainty analysis
insects
birds
fish
stakeholders

Keywords

  • EFSA
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • GM animals
  • Public consultation
  • Working groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Food Animals

Cite this

EFSA Guidelines on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified animals in the EU : The process and risk assessment considerations. / Mestdagh, Sylvie; Devos, Yann; Ehlert, Christina; Liu, Yi; Podevin, Nancy; Rodighiero, Stefano; Waigmann, Elisabeth; Kiss, J.; Perry, Joe N.; Sweet, Jeremy B.

In: Journal fur Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit, Vol. 9, No. SUPPL.1, 2014, p. 85-91.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mestdagh, Sylvie ; Devos, Yann ; Ehlert, Christina ; Liu, Yi ; Podevin, Nancy ; Rodighiero, Stefano ; Waigmann, Elisabeth ; Kiss, J. ; Perry, Joe N. ; Sweet, Jeremy B. / EFSA Guidelines on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified animals in the EU : The process and risk assessment considerations. In: Journal fur Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. SUPPL.1. pp. 85-91.
@article{83dc8c065eb1435bb8f699c450a75691,
title = "EFSA Guidelines on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified animals in the EU: The process and risk assessment considerations",
abstract = "The scientific Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) developed guidelines for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals that provide specific recommendations for GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds. The guidelines advocate that the environmental risk assessment of GM animals is conducted on a case-by-case basis, in a scientifically sound and transparent manner, and follows common methodology for the identification, gathering and interpretation of the data. Besides specific considerations, the guidelines provide generic advice on the choice of comparators, the use of non-GM surrogates, the assessment of long-term effects, uncertainty analysis, modelling requirements and statistical principles. Three dedicated Working Groups of the EFSA GMO Panel were involved in the elaboration of the environmental risk assessment guidelines, which underwent a public consultation before finalisation. Relevant comments received from risk assessment bodies of EU Member States, the scientific community, stakeholders and the public were considered by the Working Groups. The Working Groups also took into account the external scientific reports on GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds commissioned by EFSA. These reports provided background information by mapping relevant fields of expertise and identifying essential elements to be considered when performing an environmental risk assessment of GM animals.",
keywords = "EFSA, Environmental risk assessment, GM animals, Public consultation, Working groups",
author = "Sylvie Mestdagh and Yann Devos and Christina Ehlert and Yi Liu and Nancy Podevin and Stefano Rodighiero and Elisabeth Waigmann and J. Kiss and Perry, {Joe N.} and Sweet, {Jeremy B.}",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1007/s00003-014-0898-4",
language = "English",
volume = "9",
pages = "85--91",
journal = "Journal fur Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit",
issn = "1661-5751",
publisher = "Birkhauser Verlag Basel",
number = "SUPPL.1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - EFSA Guidelines on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified animals in the EU

T2 - The process and risk assessment considerations

AU - Mestdagh, Sylvie

AU - Devos, Yann

AU - Ehlert, Christina

AU - Liu, Yi

AU - Podevin, Nancy

AU - Rodighiero, Stefano

AU - Waigmann, Elisabeth

AU - Kiss, J.

AU - Perry, Joe N.

AU - Sweet, Jeremy B.

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - The scientific Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) developed guidelines for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals that provide specific recommendations for GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds. The guidelines advocate that the environmental risk assessment of GM animals is conducted on a case-by-case basis, in a scientifically sound and transparent manner, and follows common methodology for the identification, gathering and interpretation of the data. Besides specific considerations, the guidelines provide generic advice on the choice of comparators, the use of non-GM surrogates, the assessment of long-term effects, uncertainty analysis, modelling requirements and statistical principles. Three dedicated Working Groups of the EFSA GMO Panel were involved in the elaboration of the environmental risk assessment guidelines, which underwent a public consultation before finalisation. Relevant comments received from risk assessment bodies of EU Member States, the scientific community, stakeholders and the public were considered by the Working Groups. The Working Groups also took into account the external scientific reports on GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds commissioned by EFSA. These reports provided background information by mapping relevant fields of expertise and identifying essential elements to be considered when performing an environmental risk assessment of GM animals.

AB - The scientific Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) developed guidelines for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals that provide specific recommendations for GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds. The guidelines advocate that the environmental risk assessment of GM animals is conducted on a case-by-case basis, in a scientifically sound and transparent manner, and follows common methodology for the identification, gathering and interpretation of the data. Besides specific considerations, the guidelines provide generic advice on the choice of comparators, the use of non-GM surrogates, the assessment of long-term effects, uncertainty analysis, modelling requirements and statistical principles. Three dedicated Working Groups of the EFSA GMO Panel were involved in the elaboration of the environmental risk assessment guidelines, which underwent a public consultation before finalisation. Relevant comments received from risk assessment bodies of EU Member States, the scientific community, stakeholders and the public were considered by the Working Groups. The Working Groups also took into account the external scientific reports on GM fish, GM insects, GM mammals and GM birds commissioned by EFSA. These reports provided background information by mapping relevant fields of expertise and identifying essential elements to be considered when performing an environmental risk assessment of GM animals.

KW - EFSA

KW - Environmental risk assessment

KW - GM animals

KW - Public consultation

KW - Working groups

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84903851877&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84903851877&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s00003-014-0898-4

DO - 10.1007/s00003-014-0898-4

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84903851877

VL - 9

SP - 85

EP - 91

JO - Journal fur Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit

JF - Journal fur Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit

SN - 1661-5751

IS - SUPPL.1

ER -