Workpackage 7: Integration With Respect To Legal, Scientific, Social And Ethical Issues

Workpackage leader

Nevena Alexandrova
AgroBioInstitute (ABI)
Sofia, Bulgaria


Workpackage 7 is responsible for the looking into the legal, scientific, social and ethical issues surrounding the co-existence and traceability of GM and non-GM supply chains. In effect WP7 has four major objectives. Firstly, an overview of the relevant guidance, national and EU legislation concerning genetically modified organisms but especially in relation to co-existence and traceability will be produced. In addition, issues of intellectual property will also be addressed. The work of WP7 will ensure an understanding and compliance of all WPs with these regulations.
A second objective of WP7 is the integration of results in preparation of (future) decision support systems for stakeholders of different supply chains. Formulation of recommendations for the set-up of effective management strategies for the selected food supply chains within the project as well as with a view on other types of food supply chains.
A third objective is to study the compatibility of traceability and co-existence systems around the world. Lastly the legal, technical and political issues arising from coexistence, traceability and liability will be assessed. WP7 will be led by the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics (SIBLE), an inter-Faculty institute of the University of Sheffield, UK.
The other contributors to this workpackage are RIKILT (RIKILT Institute of Food Safety is an Netherlands independent institute for research on the safety and quality of food products), ABI (The AgroBioInstitute is a leading Plant Agro-Biotechnology Center in Bulgaria and Balkan Region), NIAB (NIAB is a British Research SME concerned with commercially applicable food and non-food crops and herbs), CNRS Paris 1 (CNRS is the large French public research organisation including all scientific fields with an emphasis upon fundamental research), CRPA (The Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali SpA is an Italian research and consulting organisation dealing with the improvement of the livestock sector and the related agro-food industry), Tecpar (Parana Institute of Technology, is attached to the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Government of Parana, Brazil. It works towards the socio-economic development of the State with innovative technological solutions), INTA (INTA is a public research and extension Institute that contribute substantially to production and managerial change processes the Argentine farming sector needs) , ECTIL (European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law) and INRA (INRA is a French research Institute in the field of the agronomic research from fundamental to applied sciences).

Overview of WP7 partners contributions

SIBLE will co-ordinate the work done in WP7. SIBLE will also provide an overview of EU and, insofar as practicable, national legislation that impacts on co-existence and traceability. In addition, SIBLE will provide advice and assistance, where required, for work done in all WPs in relation to legal and ethical needs.
The main task for RIKILT is to build on the coexistence and traceability systems as described in WP1 and 2 and specify different scenarios for HACCP systems for the supply chains under investigations taking into account the data as obtained in WPs 3,4,5 and 6. The selected scenarios will subsequently be taken forward in WP2 for HACCP analysis. Part of the scenario studies will be the discussion of the information as generated in other WPs, such as the socio-economic and legal implications of different scenarios, the availability of adequate information transfer systems, the predictive value of current modelling systems for coexistence, the adequacy and efficacy of current gene flow management systems as well as GMO detection, identification and sampling schemes, the technical possibilities to control for the presence of unapproved GM varieties, and the interaction with GMO producing countries outside the European Union.
ABI will be involved in studying the compatibility of traceability and co-existence systems around the world. ABI will identify the similarities and differences between GMO traceability and co-existence systems applied in EU and Accession countries and a representative sample of other countries. Information and decision support tools to stakeholders on the co-existence and traceability systems around the world.
NIAB will study and seek agreement for an operable data interchange protocol with optimal integrity and security of diverse data (both in terms of recording "scale" and data "type"). DGCCRF 67 - will be involved in ensuring information flow from other workpackages and assist RIKILT in evaluating this information.
CNRS Paris 1 will initially address the issue of coexistence between GM and non-GM supply chains, be it for seed production or for other varied productions like agricultural-use or industrial-use plants. CNRS Paris 1 will evaluate the technical aspects consists of coexistence and traceability. CNRS Paris 1 will also evaluate issues of liability looking at national and international instruments as well as any case law that arises. and help produce models taking into account organisation and economic factors CNRS Paris 1 will work on issues of coexistence and traceability.
Tecpar will determine present mechanisms in Brazil to assure compliance and enforcement of legislation, identify and evaluate the national and international instruments taking into account any case law in the area of liability, evaluate coexistence and traceability models.
ECTIL will focus on delictual liabilities in the food and feed supply chain and produce a comparative analysis of existing national solutions with an outlook on potential alternative models.
NTA will determine present mechanisms in Argentina to assure compliance and enforcement of legislation, identify and evaluate the national and international instruments taking into account any case law in the area of liability, evaluate coexistence and traceability models.