Protocols for Food and Feed Safety Assessment of GE Crops

A series of protocols have been developed by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) as
guidance to applicants seeking approval for the environmental release of genetically
engineered (GE) plants in India under “Rules for the Manufacture, Use, Import, Export
and Storage of Hazardous Microorganisms/Genetically Engineered Organisms or Cells
1989” (Rules, 1989) notified under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Specifically,
these protocols address key elements of the safety assessment of foods and/or livestock
feeds that may be derived from GE crops. The results of these studies are be submitted to
the appropriate regulatory bodies (i.e., RCGM and GEAC) as required.