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New EU advice on GMO field trials

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued new guidance on minimum requirements for the design of field trials on genetically modified crops. The aim is to harmonise how field trial data are produced and analysed. The move will improve transparency in GMO risk assessment and allow for a more rapid evaluation of applications, the EFSA says. Recommendations cover factors such as the number of trial sites and growing seasons, and the geographical spread. The guidance is the result of two years' work, including a public consultation ( Agrow No 548, p 10). The EFSA highlights statistical aspects that may benefit from further research, such as the possibility of assessing simultaneously many characteristics of a GM plant. The guidance is on the EFSA's website at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1211902768517.htm.

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