Building Frameworks
Legal and Advisory Frameworks


Legal Frameworks
Building Frameworks


Europe has constructed an international framework for biotechnology products which requires approval at a joint level and subsequent approval and implementation at the country level.

UNEP has been conducting training for underdeveloped countries.

The UN has promulgated a voluntary code for risk assessment on a regional basis. The Voluntary International Code of Conduct (VICOC) for the Release of Organisms into the Environment in 1991 which stipulated that member countries need:

  • Appropriate scientific and technical expertise;
  • National assessment and decision making structure(s);
  • Specific scientific advisory bodies;
  • Mechanisms to gather information on local agronomic and environmental conditions;
  • Systems for the provision of information to, and education of, the public.

Last Modified: May 21, 2001
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