Voice your thoughts on White house biotech regulation reform proposal

| October 23, 2015
This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.

The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) has announced a major effort to update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology. OSTP is seeking comments to inform the revisions. They especially need feedback from scientists, but comments from citizens in all walks of life are welcome.

We encourage you to provide comments to OSTP on the questions below, and we invite you to sign a letter showing your support for thoughtful regulatory change.

Because the federal comment website can be cumbersome, we will collect your comments and submit them on your behalf. The full list of questions asked by OSTP can be found in Federal Register Notice 80 FR 60414 and in Docket FDA-2015-N-3403.

Do you have examples or case studies highlighting experiences with the US biotechnology regulatory system? Have you experienced or observed any barriers to research involving biotechnology, or barriers to making products of biotechnology available to the public? How could the agencies reduce those barriers?

What would improve transparency, coordination, and efficiency of the regulatory system? How could regulatory agencies better communicate their roles and responsibilities both to scientists and to the general public?

We hope many scientists will take this opportunity to provide comments about biotechnology regulation.

The review of the Coordinated Framework provides scientists a special opportunity to speak to the White House and the regulatory agencies in the interest of enacting real change.

The first call for public comments ends on November 13, 2015 but we will continue to collect and submit your comments as the effort to update the Coordinated Framework progresses.

Read full, original post: You can improve US biotechnology regulation

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
sperm swim

Video: Sperm are ‘spinners not swimmers’—because they are lopsided

Research by fertility scientists in the UK and Mexico challenges the accepted view of how sperm “swim”, suggesting that it ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
breastfeeding bed x facebook x

Infographic: We know breastfeeding helps children. Now we know it helps mothers too

When a woman becomes pregnant, her risk of type 2 diabetes increases for the rest of her life, perhaps because ...
biotechnology worker x

Can GMOs rescue threatened plants and crops?

Some scientists and ecologists argue that humans are in the midst of an "extinction crisis" — the sixth wave of ...
food globe x

Are GMOs necessary to feed the world?

Experts estimate that agricultural production needs to roughly double in the coming decades. How can that be achieved? ...
eating gmo corn on the cob x

Are GMOs safe?

In 2015, 15 scientists and activists issued a statement, "No Scientific consensus on GMO safety," in the journal Environmental Sciences ...
Screen Shot at PM

Charles Benbrook: Agricultural economist and consultant for the organic industry and anti-biotechnology advocacy groups

Independent scientists rip Benbrook's co-authored commentary in New England Journal calling for reassessment of dangers of all GMO crops and herbicides ...
Screen Shot at PM

ETC Group: ‘Extreme’ biotechnology critic campaigns against synthetic biology and other forms of ‘extreme genetic engineering’

The ETC Group is an international environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Canada whose stated purpose is to monitor "the impact of emerging technologies and ...
Share via
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend