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The overall concept is to allow for stakeholder engagement in the key steps of the Project: the planning stage -at the start of the project- as well as the interpretation and conclusion stage. For each step workshops are held and a procedure for written comments will be established based on draft documents (draft study plan, draft results and interpretations).

 

Planning stage workshop

One workshop was held in December 2014 for the planning stage. The aim of the planning stage consultation was to explain and to discuss the draft study plan which will be sent to interested stakeholders prior to the workshop.

 

The draft study plans, presentations held by G-TwYST partners and a report of the workshop is available in the publications section of this website.

 

Interpretation and conlusion workshops

Two workshops will be held back-to-back for the interpretation and conclusion stage (2018), bringing together three topics:

  1. The interpretations of the results and conclusion of the animal studies.
  2. The draft considerations on the scientific value of this type of studies for GMO risk assessment.
  3. The results and draft interpretations and conclusions from the analysis of the broader societal issues.

 

The consultation documents will include a peer reviewed journal manuscript on the broader societal issues, and draft publications on the results of the feeding studies.

 

Transparency

The discussions and comments will be thoroughly documented in consultation reports published at the project website. The revisions of the drafts based on the comments and discussions will be transparently linked to the comments received by providing written responses to stakeholder comments. The results of the discussion and the stakeholder's comments will be considered in revising the manuscripts.

 

All procedural details for the stakeholder consultations have been laid down in the ‘Stakeholder engagement and communication strategy’.

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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.

 

Read the full letter >

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.