About Pre conference course G. (Bio)containment of GM plants - from Green Houses to Field Trials (1 ½ day, afternoon 17.05, 18.05)
Pre conference course G. (Bio)containment of GM plants - from Green Houses to Field Trials (1 ½ day, afternoon 17.05, 18.05)
Delphine Beeckman and René Custers
This 1.5 day course aims at providing researchers, biosafety professionals, regulatory compliance personnel and facility managers a practical insight into the assessment of risk, design, operation and management of activities with GM plants in greenhouses (contained use) and during field trials (deliberate release).
The learning objectives are:
- To be able to identify and understand the biohazards and risks associated with handling GM plants which are not yet approved for cultivation purposes.
- To understand the factors that should be considered when designing and/or assessing experiments with GM plants, both in closed environments and during field trials.
- To generate a practical view on the operation and management of such experiments, including the management of waste, security and incidents.
A visit to a plant growth facility and a GM field trial is included in the course to demonstrate structural and operational measures aimed at maintaining containment.
Topics that will be addressed during the course include:
- Regulatory framework – cfr. Biosafety and biosecurity laws, regulations, standards and guidelines, conventions and codes of conduc
- Risk assessment of the plant materials and the activities – cfr. Biorisk assessment and management; Biorisk management programme
- Greenhouse operations – Cfr. Facility design; Containment principles
- Field Trial Protocol, incl. monitoring – Cfr. Biorisk management programme
- General considerations on management of waste, security and incidents – cfr. Biological waste management; Emergency preparedness and response
- How to contain plants (lab and field)
- Biological containment
- Field trials between lab and market
- How to protect the environment from a field trial
- How to protect the field trial from….
- Field trials worldwide, different developments and approaches.
- Specific information on field trials to be visited
- Field trial visit (poplar and corn)
At the end of the course the trainee knows
- Plant containment measures
- Field trial containment measures
- Methods for biological containment
- How to protect a field trial itself against …
CWA 16335:2011, annex C reference
- C 220.127.116.11 International regulatory framework, standards, guidelines and conventions
- C 2.2.4 Working with plants
- C 18.104.22.168 General Principles of environmental safety