In India, Rules 1989 of Environment (Protection) Act 1986 regulates the applications of modern biotechnology where Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) administered by DBT has been mandated to bring out biosafety manuals/ guidelines specifying the biosafety procedures pertaining to handling of hazardous microorganisms, genetically engineered organisms, cells and products thereof. In exercise of the power, RCGM have prepared two new guidelines at par with international best standards with information from scientific literatures, relevant regulations and guidelines and through a series of consultation with researchers, experts, academicians, concerned Ministries/departments and other stakeholders.
Guidelines titled “Environmental release of Genetically Engineered Microorganisms (GEM): Regulatory requirements for risk assessment and approval in India, 2018” has elaborated regulatory requirements for risk assessment of genetically engineered microorganisms (GEM) and/or its derived product under research, manufacture, import, or processed for environmental release purposes that includes applications like biopesticide, bioremediation, biomass conversion, crop quality improvement, waste treatment, biomining, mineral leaching, oil recovery, desulfurization of fossil fuels, biofertilizers and biosensors.
“Guidelines and Protocols for analysis of effects of GE plants on soil microorganisms 2018” has elaborated the methodologies and data requirement for assessing the effects of GE plants on soil microorganisms. It shall be applicable for part fulfilment of Biosafety Assessment studies of GE plant as mandated in Rules 1989.
The Department of Biotechnology invites comments/ suggestions on these two guidelines from the institutions & researchers and all other stakeholders as per the proforma placed below.
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It is requested that comments/ suggestions pertaining to the same may be conveyed as per the below enclosed proforma as an attachment (.doc/.docx/,pdf), positively by 25.5.2018 through email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Proforma for submitting comments/suggestions to the Guidelines
|Name of the Guideline||Mention the name of the guideline on which comments/ suggestion will be made|
|Full name, affiliation and correspondence address||Mention your full name, affiliation and correspondence address|
|Content Title||Comments :-
(Please mention Page/chapter no./table/fig no/ for each comments)
|Others, if any|