French Ministry seeks surveillance experts
The French Ministry of Agriculture has called for applicants to constitute a 20-member expert committee for biological surveillance, the CSBT. The committee, created by a decree in December 2008, seeks to ensure plant health by monitoring the potential occurrence of unintended effects from the use of pesticides, fertilisers and genetically modified plants. The CSBT will be required to consult the High Council of Biotechnology (see this issue) at least once a year to gather its views on the protocols and methods used for monitoring the impact of the cultivation of GM plants on ecosystems. Its members would be appointed for a period of five years. The Ministry has asked for applications to be sent in by July 31st.