Title: From Sampling to Quantification: Developments and Harmonization of Procedures for GMO Testing in the European Union
Authors: QUERCI MADDALENAPAOLETTI ClaudiaVAN DEN EEDE GUY
Publisher: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Publication Year: 2007
JRC Publication N°: JRC36121
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36121
Type: Articles in books
Abstract: Objective of this chapter is to provide an overview of the scientific background and of the legal context defining the framework of genetically modified organism (GMO) testing across Europe. Specifically, we provide a comprehensive summary of the procedures for GMO testing, starting from sampling to final quantification of GMO content, including an overview of the legislative frame regulating such procedures and a summary of the actions taken at the European level to ensure harmonization of GMO testing among Member States. Some topics that have been object of scientific debates over the past years will be carefully addressed and the results of the scientific experience gained reported. Not all the issues raised found yet clear and complete answers; however, if on one hand remarkable progress has been made, allowing reaching commonly agreed definitions and applicative procedures, on the other some aspects are still under discussion, making the GMO issue an ongoing, interesting and still evolving topic.
JRC Institute:Institute for Health and Consumer Protection

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