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On 16-17 December 2014 G-TwYST organised a worskhop in Vienna to discuss draft study plans with stakeholders. Some 700 stakeholder contacts representing

Competent Authorities, both at the EU and the national level of all 28 Member States, industry, farming and professional organisations, civil society organisations (CSOs) and scientists in received a safe-the-dat note in September 2014 followed by a more detailed invitation with a preliminary agenda in October. Participation in the workshop was open to anyone representing one of the stakeholder categories mentioned above

 

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41 stakeholders from 14 Member States, USA and Norway participated in the workshop. The graphic indicates the participation of the different stakeholder groups.

 

Stakeholders were encouraged to submit written comments after the workshop. We received a total of more than 100 comments. All comments were carefully considered and replied to by members of the G-TwYST team.

 

This has resulted in a number of documents that are  available for download:

 

G-TwYST presentations held on 16 & 17 December 2014 in Vienna:

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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.