The authors of this paper propose a framework for a European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment (ENSyGMO). This network aims at improving the regulatory system by enhancing and harmonising the environmental risk assessment (ERA) process and post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) of GM crops in the EU.
In Europe there are many concerns about adverse environmental effects of GM crops, and the opinions on the outcomes of environmental risk assessments (ERA) differ largely. GM crop safety testing and introduction studies among the regulatory system are insufficiently developed. Therefore the proposed framework aims at improving the regulatory system. Specific elements of the network are
a) methodologies for both indicator and field site selection for GM crop ERA and PMEM,
b) an EU-wide typology of agro-environments,
c) a pan-European field testing network using GM crops,
d) specific hypotheses on GM crop effects, and
e) state-of-the art sampling, statistics and modelling approaches.
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