General guidance for GMO risk assessors and commercial product market approval applicants, issued for consultation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), should help create formal rules on such studies, a meeting staged in Brussels has heard.

Asked for comments on the guidelines – drawn up by EFSA’s Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority – some participants wanted them to “result in EU harmonisation of GMO risk assessment at the highest possible safety level”. Others wanted more detailed guidance, such as testing whole food or derivatives, or on field trials.

The panel said its guidance showed “applicants what they needed to look at”.

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