GM product database of detection methods

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A new online database of testing information for the majority of commercialised GM plant products across the globe has recently been launched.

CropLife International and its members have made their detection methods for commercialised GM products available in this online searchable database.

The database was created primarily for use by regulators and policy-makers seeking valid detection methods and reference materials. It is updated frequently and includes commercialised products developed by six major private plant biotechnology developers, including BASF, Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta.

According to the site, there are more than 30 commercial traits being grown and/or consumed as GM crops in 57 countries. As many of these countries are major agricultural exporting countries, such as the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Australia, much of the grain traded globally is derived from GM crops.

Reliable detection methods to test for the presence of agricultural biotechnology products are critical to help ensure smooth international trade transactions.

The regulation of plant biotechnology and requirements for detection methods are far from harmonised. Some regulatory agencies require that detection methods be made available when evaluating imported products, while others do not.

As a result, detection methods are needed by external parties to allow for compliance with international regulations and, when appropriate, to facilitate segregation and identify preservation of products. Precise and accurate detection methods are critical to supporting smooth and efficient global trade. Precise and accurate detection methods are critical to supporting smooth and efficient global trade.

Detection methods are an integral part of product development, quality control and regulatory data-gathering for new products.

Test methods to detect the specific proteins or DNA associated with the introduced traits are developed and validated during the development of each new GM plant product.

The website also features information about: the types of detection methods available; reference materials in relation to standards for calibration and testing method validation; and the global harmonisation of testing methods.

More information: The CropLife International Detection Methods Database,  

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