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G-TwYST allows for a broad range of stakeholders (industry, professional organisations, civil society organisation, competent authorities, and members of the academia etc.) to engage in all key steps of the project in an inclusive and responsive manner and provides for utmost transparency of what is done and by whom it is done. Moreover, the comprehensive stakeholder consolations reports allow all stakeholders to track how their comments are processed by the scientists in G-TwYST. Thereby, the research process will be fine-tuned and the results and conclusions will not only undergo a traditional scientific peer review but also an extended stakeholder review process.

 

The stakeholder engagement and communication activities of G-TwYST include:

  1. A stakeholder engagement and communication strategy.
  2. Stakeholder consultations.
  3. Publication of results in an open access journal linked with a discussion forum.
  4. Several dissemination activities and feed-back on the process.

 

Maximum transparency is a core value in G-TwYST. This principle is applied to study plans, raw data, interpretation of those data, key results as well as to the senior scientists, who have been asked to declare their interests and activities in the field of GMOs and food safety research on a voluntary basis.

 

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G-TwYST Interim Report available

15 February 2017

 

The G-TwSYT team completed a publicly available Interim report with information about the progress that has been made in the first 1.5 years of the project. The report can be downloaded here.

Value and pitfalls of stakeholderconsultation

17 January 2017

 

In 2013 the Dutch Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM) published a topic report on alarming studies on the safety of GMOs. COGEM pointed out that while repetition of ‘alarming studies’ is sometimes the only way to reject or confirm the results, stakeholder participation during investigation may increase its social robustness.

In a letter sent to the Secretary of State of Infrastucture and Environment on January 11, 2017 COGEM adds some reflections on the value and possible pitfalls of stakeholder participation based on experiences in and results of the GRACE project.

The COGEM letter states that the involvement of stakeholders in this project has been meticulous and transparent and has finally contributed to the validity of the results also from a broader social perspective. However, COGEM also noticed that some stakeholders were too fixated on their own arguments and vision, that reflection and interaction became difficult. According to COGEM this situation significantly hampered the achievement of broadly supported conclusions. On the basis of this experience COGEM also proposed some guidelines for improving such processes.

 

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Scientific quality criteria (2)

28 November 2016

 

So far, we have received comments on the proposed scientific quality criteria from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, Germany (BVL) on October 5th, 2016. The comments can be downloaded here.

 

The G-TwYST research team responded to the BVL comments on November 28th, 2016. The response can be downloaded here.