Regulation of Biotechnology: Needs and burdens for developing countries

United Nations Environment Programme (2002)

The paper addresses many of the issues that arise from the use of Genetic modification techniques that allow new living modified organisms to be produced which have characteristics that have not necessarily been found before. Genes are copied from organisms that are unrelated to those into which they are inserted. This technology has provided a concern from the very outset of its use, and most countries recognise that it needs some form of regulation to ensure safety both to human health and the environment. In many cases no need has been seen for changes to law, in others new laws have been implemented