CropLife International promotes the implementation of harmonized and practical laws, regulations or policies for the development, validation, and utilization of detection methods for GM crops, including the production, distribution, and use of rigorously defined and standardized reference materials.
The absence of standardized tests and testing can result in inaccurate claims and lead to enforcement actions with negative economic impacts on trade. Development of reliable, validated, and internationally accepted methods is critical to avoid incorrect or inaccurate test results. CropLife International believes that the global harmonization of detection methods and reference materials for GM crops is necessary to ensure consistent global standards and minimize the potential for trade disruptions.
CropLife International member companies work together with international institutions and governments to ensure the introduction of transparent, workable standards that are harmonized where possible. Several government agencies, global standards organizations, and industry organizations, (notably the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Codex), have been developing standards and guidelines for detection methods for plant biotechnology products. These are published as International Standards and as Codex Guidelines and contribute to the global harmonization of these methods
CropLife International member companies work together with the global seed production, grain handling and processing value chain entities to provide access to diagnostic methods appropriate to their needs, and to encourage international standardization and coordination of test proficiency and validation efforts.