What was the aim of increased transparency and data accessibility?
Increased transparency and data accessibility was partly implemented in response to the call requirements partly in response to experiences with controversial debates on GMO risk assessment and research issues in previous years – where lack of transparency and the inaccessibility of data were considered a problem e.g. in the recent debates on 90-day animal studies conducted by industry in the course of pre-market assessment, the debates on the animal studies conducted by Seralini et al.
The GRACE transparency approach also reflects some of the ideas of ‘open science’. E.g. by allowing stakeholders and broader publics to get access to full sets of primary research data including raw data from the animal feeding trials and verify the GRACE analysis or to conduct alternative analytical and statistical analysis.