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Hazard identification of agricultural biotechnology: Finding relevant questions

The Netherlands, Oegstgeest, Kasteel Oud Poelgeest, 15 June 1999

Specific decisions about permit applications
for the use of genetically engineered
organisms in the environment, depend
world-wide on the scientific assessment of
what would constitute an adequate and
sufficient biosafety test for that purpose.
A serious obstacle to this practice is posed
by the fact that scientific experts do not
agree on a satisfactory design of such
biosafety tests. In many cases the applicant
is required to provide general information
about possible effects, without specific
instructio If we consider a biosafety test
as defined by a list of specified research
questions that need to be posed and
answered, then the scientific challenge can
be understood as finding relevant questions
for the hazard identification of
agricultural biotechnology. The organisers
of this workshop have invited several
experts to present an argued selection of
specific research questions that in their
view must be made part of a biosafety
assessment that would deserve the label of
being scientific.

The practical purpose of this workshop is to
start an inventory of relevant research
questions that must be considered for the
purpose of testing the biosafety of specific
genetically engineered organisms. This
developing inventory can become a resource
for applicants and regulators who are faced
world-wide with the difficult task of making
their information requirements prudent and
scientific. The speakers are invited to give
detailed arguments in support of the
relevance of the suggested research questions.
In the afternoon, a plenary discussion will
be dedicated to developing a sufficient set
of relevant questions, that have to be
answered,  before a biosafety judgement can
be made. The aim is to construct a working
document based on the meeting.


Date:	June 15
Venue: 	Oegstgeest, kasteel Oud Poelgeest

9.15 	Welcome

9.30   	Drs. Ad van Dommelen  -  The concept of "Set of Relevant Questions"

9.45	Prof. Philip Regal (University of Minnesota, USA)  - "Examples of
misguided questions"

10.15	Arie van Genderen (Foundation Consumer and Biotechnology)  -
"Requirements for gaining consumers' confidence: relevant questions"

10.45 	Break

11.00	Dr. Beatrix Tappeser (Íko Institut Freiburg, D)  -  "Relevant questions
in Germany"

11.30	Prof. Lucas Reijnders (University of Amsterdam)  -  "Relevant
questions in the Netherlands"

12.00	Dr Julian Kinderlerer (ACRE / University of Sheffield, UK)  -  "Relevant
questions in the UK"

12.30	Lunch

14.00	Plenary discussion and construction of a sufficient set of  relevant

16.30	Presentation of  consensus and dissensus

17.15	Concluding remarks - drinks

18.00	Informal  buffet


The workshop will be held in English.

Venue and Transportation
Kasteel Oud Poelgeest can be reached easily
by public transport or by car from within
the Netherlands. Details will be send to you
upon registration.

For further information contact:
Drs. Lino Paula
Department of Lab Animal Issues
Medical Faculty, Leiden University
PO Box 2083
NL-2301 CB Leiden
Phone: +31 71 5276722
Fax: +31 71 5275369

Drs L.E. Paula, M.Sc. M.A.

Advice on Biotechnology Law and Ethics - ABLE
Nieuwe Rijn 70
NL-2312 JJ Leiden
tel +31 71 5121905

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