Expert consultation on animal feeding studies and in-vitro studies in the course of GMO risk assessment.
The design, conduct and interpretation of whole food animal feeding studies in the context of GMO risk assessment have been highly debated in recent years and are presently again arousing controversy in scientific media and among stakeholders. Some groups have urged to use alternative methods not depending on animal trials.
The aim of the consultation is to discuss and improve draft plans for the design, conduct and analysis of 90-day animal feeding trails which will be conducted with GM maize and GM potato as well as the choice and designs of in-vitro studies. These plans will then be reconsidered based on the discussion and comments received. The animal studies as well as the in-vitro studies are scheduled to start in early 2013 and will be conducted based on the revised plans. At a later stage a second stakeholder/expert consultation will be organised in order to discuss results and draft interpretation of these studies.
GRACE Stakeholder Consultation
Dr. Armin Spök
(Coordinator of Stakeholder and User Involvement)
IFZ - Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture
Schloegelgasse 2, A-8010 Graz, Austria
Phone: +43 (0)664 88796988
The database CADIMA (Central Access Database for Impact Assessment of Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies) contains quality assessed studies and conclusions on the health effects, socio-economic consequences and environmental impacts of GM plants as well as raw data of animal feeding studies and alternative in vitro approaches.