A biotech knowledge e-world

OECD Observer
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The difficulty with information on biotechnology safety assessment is that by its very nature it evolves quickly and has to be transmitted fast. That is why the OECD set up BioTrack Online which is the web site of the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology. It was created in 1995 and includes a database of biotechnology products which have been commercialised, together with a database of field-trials (see graph below). It also includes the consensus documents as well as information on laws, regulations and the lists of responible authorities in each country. BioTrack helps government, industry and the public everywhere to keep up with biotechnology developments, notifications and assessments.
BioTrack OnlineRegulatory Developments in OECD member countries Member country pages and their biotechnology agencies• Database of Field Trials Includes records of field trials of genetically modified organisms which have taken place in OECD countries• BIOBIN A joint OECD – UNIDO page• OECD’s Internal Co-ordination Group for Biotechnology Biotechnology-related work in different OECD directorates • Biodiversity at OECD Provides information about OECD activities related to biological diversity©OECD Observer No 216 March 1999

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