Feedback Mechanisms

Field trials of GM varieties are carried out to collect data of commercial and biosafety importance. Feedback, in the form of data and information derived from prior GMO releases, helps support subsequent biosafety committee deliberations, particularly in the early phase of biosafety implementation. Feedback mechanisms can also provide information that may help improve procedures for future field tests. Extensive plantings of commercial GM crops provide unique conditions that may also result in new data. Requiring applicants to continue to collect specific data after market release enables ongoing monitoring of the crop's impact on the environment.

Many countries obtain feedback by requiring a report to be submitted at the end of a trial period. Taking the time to specify the data required in each field test report ensures that the relevant data are collected. Data collection after approval for commercial use can be requested as a condition of the authorization to commercialize.

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