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1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

South Asia Biosafety Conference
New Delhi, India
September 18, 2013 – September 20, 2013
Taj Ambassador Hotel

Overview: The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the ILSI Research Foundation, the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) held the 1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference and Workshop in New Delhi, India, from September 18-20, 2013. This conference was organized under the South Asia Biosafety Program with further support from the Department of Biotechnology and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The event provided attendees with an opportunity to hear leading scientists from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions and the private sector in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the U.S. present on the current science on the development of GE plants and their regulation.

Program: The conference featured sessions on:

  • Challenges to the Development and Regulation of Genetically Engineered Plants in South Asia
  • Regulation of Genetically Engineered Plants in the Context of Biodiversity, Phytosanitary and Food/Feed Safety Laws
  • New Plant Breeding Techniques and Biosafety Risk Assessment
  • Post-Approval Considerations for the Commercial Release of Genetically Engineered Organisms
  • The Scientist as Public Communicator
  • Understanding Test Protocols – Design, Reporting and Data Interpretation

OutcomesSee the conference agenda, speaker biographies, and abstracts for each presentation in the Conference Document. View the key points arising from the presentations and discussions in the Summary Report.

Presentations: To view presentations from this conference, click on the PDFs below.

Session I: Challenges to the Development and Regulation of Genetically Engineered Plants in South Asia

Regulation of Genetically Engineered Plants in Bhutan (presentation)
Ms. Tashi Yangzom, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority

Biosafety Regulation in Sri Lanka: A Status Update
Prof. Athula Perera, National Science Council, Sri Lanka

The Regulatory System in Pakistan (presentation)
Dr. Anwar Nasim, Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Advances in the Bangladesh Biosafety Regulatory System (presentation)
Mr. M. Solaiman Haider, Department of Environment, Bangladesh

An Update on Biotechnology Regulation in India (presentation)
Dr. S.R. Rao, Department of Biotechnology, India

Session II: Regulation of Genetically Engineered Plants in the Context of Biodiversity, Phytosanitary and Food/Feed Safety Laws

Biosecurity as a Unifying Theme for Agriculture and Food Production
Dr. Peter Kearns, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, France

Weed Risk Assessment and Genetically Modified Plant Risk Assessment (presentation)
Dr. Michael Dornbusch, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Australia

Lessons Learned from Risk Assessment of Biological Control Organisms (presentation)
Dr. Barbara Barratt, AgResearch, New Zealand

The Intersection of Biodiversity and Biosecurity (presentation)
Dr. Alex Owusu-Biney, United Nations Environment

Session III: New Plant Breeding Techniques and Biosafety Risk Assessment

Cisgenics, Intragenics and Site-specific Mutagenesis (presentation)
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Zinc Finger Nucleases and Transcription Factors (presentation)
Dr. Andrew Roberts, Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, USA

“Planting the Future: Opportunities and Challenges for using Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture” – a Report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (presentation)
Dr. Ervin Balazs, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

New Plant Breeding Techniques and Australian Gene Technology Legislation (presentation)
Dr. Michael Dornbusch, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Australia

Risk Assessment and Regulation of RNAi Pesticides in the Context of Genetically Engineered Plants, and the Regulation of Novel Plant Breeding Techniques in the United States (presentation)
Dr. Andrew Roberts, Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, USA

Session IV: Post-Approval Considerations for the Commercial Release of Genetically Engineered Organisms

Considerations for the Commercialization of Embrapa’s Virus Resistant Common Bean (presentation)
Dr. Thiago Souza, Embrapa Rice & Beans, Brazil

Bringing Golden Rice to Market in South Asia: Perspectives from Plans and Processes in the
Philippines
Dr. Eric Reynoso, International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines

PAT – Project Aedes Transgenic – in Brazil: Planning, Operation and Commercialization (presentation)
Dr. Aldo Malavasi, Moscamed, Brazil

Genetically Modified Crops and Integrated Pest Management (presentation)
Dr. Franz Bigler, Agroscope ART, Switzerland

Perspectives on Coexistence of Agricultural Production Systems (presentation)
Dr. Stuart Smyth, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Workshop I: The Scientist as Public Communicator

Keynote Presentation: “The Scientist as Public Communicator” (presentation)
Dr. Aldo Malavasi, Moscamed, Brazil

Workshop II: Understanding Test Protocols – Design, Reporting and Data Interpretation

Data Quality (presentation)
Dr. Michael Dornbusch, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Australia

Protein Safety Assessments – Toxicity and Allergenicity (presentation)
Dr. Laura Privalle, Bayer, USA

Feeding Studies (presentation)
Dr. Bryan Delaney, DuPont Pioneer, USA

Ecotoxicology Studies to Evaluate Adverse Impacts on Non-target Organisms: Tiered Testing, Study Design and Interpretation (presentation)
Dr. Chad Boeckman, DuPont Pioneer, USA

Data Analysis and Interpretation for Biosafety Risk Assessment (presentation)
Dr. Chad Boeckman, DuPont Pioneer, USA