Joachim Schiemann (project coordinator, Julius Kühn-Institut, JKI, Germany)
The EU-funded project GRACE (GMO Risk Assessment and Communication of Evidence) aimed to increase the transparency and traceability of information about the potential risks and benefits associated with the deliberate release of GM crops.
Another task of GRACE was to test the design and interpretation of rodent feeding trials and alternative studies with whole food/feed in order to provide recommendations on the appropriateness of these tools for the risk assessment of GM crops by considering the scientific strengths and limitations of the different approaches.
The outcomes will be re-viewed by the Commission by mid 2016 in order to reappraise the requirement to mandatorily perform a 90-day feeding trial with whole GM food/feed as demanded by the Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 503/2013.