Stakeholder Consultation on Animal Feeding Trials and Alternative Methods for the Assessment of GMO Impacts on Human Health
Stakeholders are involved in several planning and evaluation stages:
Consultation on the Draft Study Plan of 90-day animal feeding trials with GM maize and alternative in-vitro, analytical and in-silico studies
A draft Study Plan of 90-day animal studies was developed by GRACE team members, discussed in a workshop held on 3 – 4 December 2012 in Vienna and commented by a written consultation. The detailed consultation report, the revised study plans, and a response from GRACE team members to the questions and comments received in the course of the consultation are already available.
Consultation on the Draft Study Plans of a 1-year animal feeding study and a 90-day longitudinal study
The Draft Study Plans were put on the GRACE website and stakeholders were invited to review and comment on these drafts in writing (electronic consultation via e-mail conducted from Dec 2013-Jan 2014, see also related news article).
Draft Study Plans (December 2013):
- Consultation report including responses of the GRACE team (published July 2014)
Note: This report essentially contains stakeholder questions/comments and corresponding GRACE responses.The report will be updated once the few missing responses are available.
Revised Study Plans (published July 2014):
- Subchronic toxicity and longitudinal metabolomics study
- Version showing changes in comparision to the draft study plan
Consultation on the results of the 90-day animal feeding trials
The interpretations of the results of the 90-day animal studies with GM maize were discussed at a workshop on 19-20 May 2014 in Brussels. On top of the workshop there was a written consultation step.
A consultation report summarises the presentations, comments and discussions at the workshop as well as the written comments received. It also includes the responses of the GRACE team to the written comments.
The results of the 90-day animal studies with GM maize were summarised in a draft paper and subjected to Archives of Toxicology for peer review in order to ensure external quality assurance.In October 2014 the paper was published.
Consultation on the interpretation of the results of the 1-year animal feeding study and of the alternative studies and of the overall conclusions which can be derived from the animal feeding trials and alternative studies.
This consultation will take place on 7-8 October 2015 (Vienna, Austria). More information are available here.
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.