Biotechnology firms draft biosafety rulebook

Global pesticide trade association Croplife International has proposed a model legal text setting out procedures for assessing the biosafety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The association wants countries to draw on it when drafting biosafety legislation. The so-called "reference guide" is unlikely to interest the EU, where a thorough system of GMO regulation is on the verge of completion, and seems aimed more at developing countries. Croplife, which is dominated by members with strong biotechnology interests, says it wants more global harmonisation of biosafety rules. See Croplife press release and reference guide.

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