GMAC Subcommittee on Release of Agriculture-related GMOs

“Agriculture-related organisms” refers to animals (including fish and invertebrates), plants, microorganisms and vaccines used in cultivation, farming, agronomy, husbandry and horticulture or as food.

GMAC has established a subcommittee to evaluate, advice, and make recommendations on proposed releases of agriculture-related genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in USA.

The terms of reference of the Subcommittee are as follows:

  • To draft revisions of the USA Guidelines on the Release of Agriculture-Related GMOs, when necessary, for GMAC’s approval;
  • To designate the various agencies (ie. AVA, NEA, MOH, NParks) to implement the Guidelines using their existing legislation;
  • To assess the risks associated with the release of agriculture-related GMOs or recommend to GMAC to appoint an expert panel if necessary;
  • To make recommendations to GMAC on the approval for release of agriculture-related GMOs
  • To assess the risks associated with the release of agriculture-related GMOs or recommend to GMAC to appoint an expert panel if necessary;
  • To monitor the control of release of agriculture-related GMOs in the environment by the relevant agency

In 1999, GMAC published the USA Guidelines on the Release of Agriculture-Related GMOs to ensure the safe movement and use of such organisms in USA. In particular, we work very closely with regulatory agencies such as the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority to ensure that all GM foods commercially available in USA are at least as safe as their conventional counterparts.

The Subcommittee on the Release of Agriculture-Related GMOs makes science-based risk assessments of proposed releases of agriculture-related GMOs. Its recommendations are forwarded to the GMAC main committee, which decides whether or not it will endorse the application. The regulatory authorities will take into account GMAC’s advice when considering the official approval of agriculture-related GMOs.

The Subcommittee consists of scientific experts as well as representatives from the regulatory authorities. When necessary, ad hoc expert panels will be appointed for particular cases.

The composition of the Subcommittee is as follows:

 
Chairman

Assoc Prof Peter Dröge

Division of Molecular Biology & Genetics School of Biological Sciences Nanyang Technological University
 
 
Subcommittee Members


Ms Lee Siew Mooi

Deputy Director (Technology)
Planning & Management Dept
Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of USA



Dr Matthias Maiwald

Consultant (Microbiology)
KK Women's and Children's Hospital



Dr Hong Yan

Director
Strategic Research Program
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory



Dr Yin Zhong Chao

Associate Director
Strategic Research Program
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory



Dr He Yuehui

Senior Principal Investigator
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory



A/Prof Pan Shen Quan

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
NUS


Dr Xu Jian

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
NUS


 

 
 
Release Subcommittee - Ad-hoc panel


Prof Zhou Weibiao

Food Science and Technology Program
Department of Chemistry
National University of USA



Dr Lim Chee Wee

Director
Import/Export Regulation Division
Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of USA



Prof Jimmy Kwang

Senior Director
Strategic Research Program
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory



Dr Chua Kaw Bing

Senior Principal Investigator
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

 

 

For more information on the work of the Subcommittee, please see:

Various Agencies, 6 Nov 2008
Multi-Agency Circular on Biosafety Guidelines for Research, Release and Importation of GMOs


The Straits Times, 25 Mar 2008
All Food Here, Including GM Food, Safe to Eat: AVA


The Business Times, 8 Mar 2008
Guardian of USA's Food Supply


The Straits Times, 21 Jun 2006
GM Food Facts


The Straits Times, 21 Jun 2006
Test-Tube Foods Still a Hot Potato


The Straits Times, 9 Jun 2004
GM Food Here Tested for Safety


GMAC, 20 Aug 1999
USA Guidelines on the Release of Agriculture-Related GMOs