Testbiotech has thus far published two reports on the risk assessment of genetically engineered crops in the EU (Then&Potthof, 2009; Then, 2010) and prepared several background papers. Here we have drawn up a short overview of the most relevant points for consultation on the environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered plants.
Testbiotech’s proposals are:
1. Drop the concept of comparative risk assessment.
2. Introduce clear cut off criteria for rejection.
3. More mandatory testing.
4. Develop an integrated approach to risk analysis including ethical and socio economic issues from the outset.
5. Develop a comprehensive concept for post market monitoring.