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Overview of some topics from the issue No. 10, November 2001

A Brief Guide to OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has 30 Member countries. Its principal aim is to promote policies for sustainable economic growth and employment, a rising standard of living, and trade liberalisation. By sustainable economic growth the OECD means growth that balances economic, social and environmental considerations.

The OECD is an institution that enables its Member countries to discuss and develop both domestic and international policies. It analyses issues, recommends actions, and provides a forum in which countries can compare their experiences, seek answers to common problems, and work to co-ordinate policies.

Activities of OECD related to Biotechnology

  1. Conference on New Biotechnology Foods and Crops: Science, Safety and Society, held in Bangkok, 10 12 July 2001
    Conclusions and recommendations of the conference available at http://www1.oecd.org/bangkok/
  2. LMOS and the Environment: an international conference, held in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, 27 -30 November 2001
    Objectives available at http://www1.oecd.org/ehs/raleigh/index.htm
  3. Harmonization of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology
  4. Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds
    Results of both meetings available on Web site BioTrackOnline, http://www.oecd.org/ehs/service.htm
  5. Modern Biotechnology and Agricultural Markets
    The report available at http://www.oecd.org/ under biotechnology/biological resources and agriculture
  6. Biotechnology for Sustainable Industrial Development
    The result is publication: The Application of Biotechnology to Industrial Sustainability
  7. Biological Resource Centres
    The final report "Biological Resource Centres: Underpinning the Future of Life Sciences and Biotechnology" can be downloaded theme at http://www.oecd.org/biotechnology/   under theme "Scientific, Industrial and Health Applications of Biotechnology"
  8. Xenotransplantation
    OECD/WHO Consultation on Xenotransplantation Surveilance held in Paris, 4 -6 October, 2001
    Report available at http://www.oecd.org/biotechnology/   under theme "Scientific, Industrial and Health Applications of Biotechnology"
  9. Genetic Testing
    Two OECD´s Working Parties are involved. WP on Biotechnology and WP on Information Security and Privacy. The high level experts will review how well existing privacy and data security regulations and practices can be applied to data form genetic testing. The initial study will also consider the social dimensions of the processing of genomic data. An expert meeting is planned for mid-2002.
  10. Ageing
    The key point of discussion is how to slow the ageing process and identify the major opportunities being created by biotechnology. See http://www.oecd.org/biotechnology/   under theme "Scientific, Industrial and Health Applications of Biotechnology"

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