New Horizons in Biotechnology: Risk Analysis for a Sustainable Future
Palau Firal i de Congressos, Tarragona, España, 1-4 de abril de 2019
THE DEADLINE for ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION has been EXTENDED to JANUARY 31st!
Deadline for early bird registration: February 5, 2019
The symposium promises to be an outstanding and timely occasion for sharing and advancing understanding of contemporary applications of biotechnology to today’s agriculture and food production problems and we hope that together we will have a vibrant and robust symposium in 2019.
PS4 Science-based Allergenicity Risk Assessment for Food Derived from Genetically Engineered Crops
PS5 Familiarity in the Context of Risk Assessment of Transgenic Crops in the Americas
PS6 Regulation and Sustainability: Enabling an Innovative and Sustainable Bio-economy through a Harmonized Global Biosafety Framework for Industrial Biotechnology
PS7 Open Session 2
PS8 Targeted Crop Improvement: Genome Editing in the Plant Breeder’s Tool Box
PS9 Risk Assessment and Management of Gene Drive Research
PS10 Fall Armyworm IPM in Africa and Asia – The Challenge Of Creating An Enabling Environment for Knowledge, Policy And Tools
PS11 Developing Innovative Genetic Technologies for Malaria Control: Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Engagement for Field Testing
PS12 Opportunities and Challenges in Public Sector Biotechnology Crop Improvement
PS13 Biosafety Considerations for the Use of Genetic Variation in Plant Breeding
PS14 Open Session 3
Eng. MsSc. Carmen Vicien (FIBA’s President) is a member of the Program Committee and co-organizer of the PS5 Session:
Familiarity in the Context of Risk Assessment of Transgenic Crops in the Americas
Criteria and approaches for risk assessment evolve with scientific advances, technological developments and with experience. While problem formulation guides the analytical risk assessment process, “familiarity” and “history of safe use” (HOSU) are concepts that may help in the generation of risk hypotheses that are relevant, plausible and testable. Countries in the Americas are applying these concepts to the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) crops albeit in different ways, and so there is a need to formalize their definitions and roles in the evaluation process to facilitate harmonization. The purpose of this session is to exchange ideas about the concepts of familiarity and HOSU in the context of problem formulation and their applicability to the practice of risk assessment of GM crops, share experiences of select countries in the Americas regarding the use of tools applied to risk assessment of GM crops, and analyze the impact of different risk assessment working models on the use of familiarity based tools. Sharing the state of science and its application to the practice of risk assessment of GM crops is relevant to strengthen regulatory capacities and promoting harmonization.
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