EU & Gentechnik Newsletter

Most important topics:

Comments on EFSA consultations regarding gene drives and new methods of genetic engineering / Testbiotech report on regulation of new genomic techniques / Legal proceedings against patents / New scientific papers: persistence of GE plants and gene drives

Current Issues and Activities:
  • Will Bayer GE soybeans be allowed for use in food production without safety being demonstrated?
  • EFSA holding public consultation on new methods of genetic engineering
  • Comment on EFSA gene drive consultation and new scientific paper - Testbiotech demands ‘cut-off’ criteria are applied
  • Testbiotech report: strict regulation of new genomic techniques is scientifically necessary
  • Will there be GMO fast track approvals in the EU? Testbiotech warns about planned trade deal with the US
  • Follow-up: Trade deal with US: EU Commission is keeping the doors wide open
  • Import approval for genetically engineered maize: Did Monsanto benefit from unlawful exploitation of transitional provisions?
  • Legal proceedings started against patents on human embryonic stem cells and interventions in the human germ line
  • Testbiotech comment regarding EFSA opinion on maize MON88017 for renewal
  • Testbiotech comment regarding EFSA opinion on soybean SYHT0H2
Scientific news:
  • Spreading the risks: when genetically engineered organisms go wild
  • GeneTip project results published in full - New publication on technology assessment of gene drives
News from EFSA:
  • Scientific advice on Testbiotech requests for internal review of Commission Implementing Decisions on soybean MON 89788 and soybean A2704‐12
  • Public consultation on the GMO Panel draft scientific opinion on genetically modified plants obtained through synthetic biology
  • Public consultation on the draft EFSA Scientific Committee opinion “Evaluation of existing guidelines for their adequacy for the microbial characterisation and environmental risk assessment of micro-organisms obtained through synthetic biology”
  • EFSA assessment of mixtures of multiple pesticides
  • Stakeholder workshop “Problem formulation for the environmental risk assessment of gene drive modified insects” (15 May 2019, Brussels)
Other:

Weitere EU News

Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2020 (February 2020)

Most important topics

Presentation of RAGES project in Berlin and Brussels / Legal challenge to EU approval of GE plants / Peer-reviewed paper from RAGES project published / EU Commission authorises new GE plants

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2019 (August 2019)

Most important topics

RAGES project to present results; Prospective technology assessment of gene drives; EU Commission authorises seven new genetically engineered plants

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2019 (May 2019)

Most important topics

Stage set for new wave of genetically engineered plants after EU elections / Testbiotech report on regulation of genome editing / EU Parliament against new GMO approvals / New publication on differences between genome editing and conventional breeding

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2018 (November 2018)

Most important topics

Genetically engineered bacteria in animal feed / EU Court: clear regulation for genome edited plants / Advocate General of the EU Court on risk assessment / European Ombudsman starts investigation / EU might allow the import of ‘Baysanto maize monster'

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2018 (July 2018)

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General Court of the EU strengthens the precautionary principle / Genome editing: Legal expert criticises Attorney General of the EuCJ / EFSA strengthens independence rules / Testbiotech Science Blog / GE plants: new dimension in environmenmental risk

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 3/2017 (December 2017)

Most important topics

Activities regarding triple herbicide resistant soybeans / EFSA gives details of Monsanto sponsoring / New papers on herbicide resistance genes and combinatorial effects / EU Member States agree on glyphosate renewal

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2017 (August 2017)

Most important topics

Leading expert of EFSA – sponsored by Monsanto? / Activities regarding “Toxic soybeans” / Spain: Teosinte-maize hybrids out in the fields / EU authorises five genetically engineered crops / EU Parliament against approval of new soybeans

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2017 (April 2017)

Most important topics

Vote on cultivation of genetically engineered maize, Soybean 'Intacta': Appeal filed at the European Court of Justice, Testbiotech critical of the newly drafted policy on EFSA independence, Cloned cattle entering the EU, New paper on 'Golden Rice'

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 4/2016 (December 2016)

Most important topics

EU Court of Justice throws out legal action against genetically engineered soybeans / Dossier: Cultivation of genetically engineered maize in the EU has to be suspended / New scientific papers on metabolic changes in genetically engineered plants and con

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 3/2016 (November 2016)

Most important topics

Complaint against EU authorisation for 'toxic soybeans' / Genetically engineered maize can give rise to superweeds / International research project / Golden Rice: Nobel Prize laureates caught up in sales campaign for biotech company?

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