The consensus documents prepared by the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB) contain information for use during the regulatory assessment of the environmental safety (or ‘biosafety’) of a particular product. In the area of plants, these are being published on information on the biology of
certain species of crops and trees, selected traits that may be introduced into plant species, and biosafety issues arising from certain general types of modifications made to plants.
This document, updating and revising the original Points to Consider on Consensus Documents on the Biology of Cultivated Plants issued in 2006 [ENV/JM/MONO(2006)1], provides a structured explanatory checklist to be used by authors of consensus documents. The United States served as the lead in the preparation of this document, and the draft has been revised based on the input from other member countries and stakeholders. The WG-HROB endorsed this document, which is published under the responsibility of the Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology of the OECD.