Report of the 3rd ASEAN-ILSI Training Workshop on Safety and Risk Assessment of Agriculture-Related GMOs

The 3rd ASEAN-ILSI Training Workshop on Safety and Risk Assessment of Agriculture-related GMOs was held from August 13-15, 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of the workshop was to share the latest information on guidelines, regulations and experience in GM food safety assessment by regulatory agencies from Australia, Canada, and Japan, as well as updated international safety assessment procedures for GM foods by Codex, FAO/WHO and OECD. Moreover, information on the biosafety policy options within ASEAN was presented to give an overview and share other challenging issues in the development of biosafety legislations, guidelines and human resource development in the region. The focus of the workshop was the hands-on experience in food safety assessment of a genetically-modified, insect-resistant corn variety. The exercise guided the participants on how to critically analyze scientific data and how to use this data to evaluate the safety of GM food plants.

This workshop was organized by ILSI Southeast Asia Region and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, with support from The ASEAN Foundation/ASEAN-Japan Solidarity Fund, in collaboration with Health Canada, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and the ILSI International Food Biotechnology Committee.

The full report can be accessed here.