Development of an adequate Risk Assessment and Technology Assessment for GMO

In the evaluation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the course of their approval process to date, environmental and health risks have been the main focus of attention. The project aims to open up the much broader perspective of technology assessment (TA) for approval practice. To this end, the known methodological approaches of TA are to be evaluated comparatively and examined as to whether they can usefully supplement the legally prescribed GMO approval practice in order to also cover further-reaching effects at the ecological as well as the socio-economic level.

On the basis of a catalogue of evaluation categories to be developed from these findings, decision-makers will finally be given an opportunity for an extended individual case evaluation of GMOs.

Cooperation partners: GenØK – The Center for Biosafety, Norway.

Science, Technology and Society Unit, Technische Universität Graz, Austria.

Duration: 16.12.2020-31.10.2021

Contact: Dr. Bernd Giese

Universität für Bodenkultur Wien