Regulation of new genomic techniques in the EU Presented by Prof. Dr. Detlef Bartsch (1 CME Point)

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3:00 pm Wednesday 5th Jul 2023

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Prof. Dr. Detlef Bartsch

Prof. Dr. Detlef Bartsch studied biology at the Universities Münster and Göttingen in Germany. His research carrier covers plant ecology at Berlin & Aachen Universities of Technology as well as plant population genetics at University of California Riverside. He is currently working for the German Government being Head of the Department “Genetic Engineering” at the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) in Berlin. His experience includes risk assessment & management, population biology of cultivar/wild plant complexes, conservation of plant genetic resources, environmental biosafety research, and monitoring of GM plants with resistance to insects, viruses, nematodes and herbicides. As sideline activities, he is lecturer for Botany at the RWTH Aachen University – Institute for Environmental Research – since 2002. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) appointed him for the GMO Panel from 2003 – 2012 and GMO Environmental Working Group 2012-2015. Furthermore Professor Bartsch is Chairman of the Berlin’ Scientific Society and Editorial member of the interdisciplinary journal 4open.

Regulation of new genomic techniques in the EU


  • New genomic techniques are innovative but need proper regulation.
  • Strict EU regulation of GMO actually differ from many other (more liberal regulated) areas in the world.
  • Innovation needs social acceptance and economic benefits.
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