No re­lax­ation by GEAC for field tri­als of GM crops

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India’s biotech­nol­ogy reg­u­la­tor Ge­netic En­gi­neer­ing Ap­praisal Com­mit­tee (GEAC) has not given any re­lax­ation in the re­quire­ment of ob­tain­ing an NOC from the states.

GEAC has, how­ever, de­cided to re­lax the re­quire­ment of NoOb­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cate from states for con­duct­ing Event Se­lec­tion Trial (EST) which are small scale ex­per­i­ments con­ducted “strictly” in­side an in­sti­tute’s premises.

In a writ­ten re­ply in Par­lia­ment on Tues­day, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Anil Madhav Dave clar­i­fied that in case of con­duct of Con­fined Field Tri­als (CFT), the Ge­netic En­gi­neer­ing Ap­praisal Com­mit­tee (GEAC) has not given any re­lax­ation in re­quire­ment of ob­tain­ing NOC from state gov­ern­ments.

The min­is­ter was asked whether GEAC has re­laxed cer­tain pro­vi­sions to be ad­hered to by the ap­pli­cants seek­ing NOC from states for con­duct­ing field tri­als on Ge­net­i­cally Mod­i­fied (GM) crops.

“GEAC has not given any re­lax­ation in re­quire­ment of ob­tain­ing NOC from state gov­ern­ments for con­duct of CFTs. How­ever GEAC in its 130th meet­ing held on Au­gust 11, 2016 took a de­ci­sion for re­lax­ation of re­quire­ment of NOC from state gov­ern­ments for con­duct of ESTs which are small scale ex­per­i­ments con­ducted strictly within the premises of the in­sti­tutes,” Dave said.

He said GEAC in its 129th meet­ing held in June last year de­cided that a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing NOC is to be com­mu­ni­cated to ap­pli­cant within 90 days from the date of re­ceipt of ap­pli­ca­tion and if in the mean­time, state gov­ern­ment does not take any ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion, the de­ci­sion is to be con­sid­ered pos­i­tive by the ap­pli­cant.

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