EFSA as a risk assessor in Agricultural Biotechnology: a Case of Asymmetries and Uncertainties
SpeakersDr Mihail Kritikos, University of Exeter (Cornwall campus)
University of Exeter,Egenis, Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 10:30 - 12:00 PM
The proposed paper asks whether and how EU’s traditional tri-part risk analysis approach, which maintains a distinction between scientific evaluations and political judgments, has paid particular attention to the complexities and uncertainties of genetic engineering. The examination of EFSA Opinions along with the institutional aspects of its operation suggest that its safety conclusions evaluations fall short in acknowledging their structural limitations and fail to achieve the licensing framework’s objectives of providing an inclusive and reflexive authorization procedure. The wealth of ecological features and diversity of agronomic methods found in the various European bio-geographical regions, in combination with the evidenced informational asymmetries between the interested parties are of particular importance in this respect. The paper will finally offer some suggestions for the re-conceptualisation of the established risk assessment framework on the basis of the particularities of agri-food genetic engineering as an object of EU’s safety controls.