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Synthetic biology
Adaptive Risk Assessment
GMO safety

Maatschappelijk aspecten

The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE) has commissioned ICF, an independent consultancy in the UK, and a team of experts to undertake a study on the methods for sampling and analysis of genetically modified (GM) material in food.

The aim of the study is to collect and analyse data on the approaches used in the Member States for sampling and analysis of asynchronous and obsolete GM material in food in order to assess the need for harmonisation. The study covers the period 2009 – 2014.


Role of LIS Consult
LIS Consult is one of the experts doing a case study on sampling and analysis practices in the Netherlands.


The results of the study are presented in  a report to DG SANTE (PDF, 2,9 Mb).

G-TwYST is the acronym for Genetically modified plants Two Year Safety Testing. The project duration is from 21 April 2014 – 20 April 2018.


The Project
The long-term safety assessment of genetically modified (GM) food/feed is a long-standing controversial topic in the European Union. At the present time there are no standardized protocols to study the potential short-, medium- and/or long-term toxicity of GM plants and derived products. Against this backdrop the main objective of the G-TwYST project is to provide guidance on long-term animal feeding studies for GMO risk assessment while at the same time responding to uncertainties raised through the outcomes and reports from recent (long-term) rodent feeding studies with whole GM food/feed.


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