Course Outline: The structure of the UNIDO e-Biosafety Training Programme ensures that trainees from different backgrounds such as life sciences, social sciences, law or economics successfully acquire the skills necessary to gain proﬁciencies in basic biotechnological knowledge, regulatory concepts and risk assessment procedures. The Programme is delivered in modular form covering the entire range of disciplines related to biosafety. For each module, students engage in real-time online tutorials and the preparation of specific training assignments. The modular character allows the material to be tailored to speciﬁc regional or national needs.
The e-Biosafety training course comprises the following modules:
Food-related risks: toxic compounds, allergens, antinutritional factors, undesired interactions between food components. Limitations of conventional toxicology studies.
Components of Food Safety Assessment
Toxic compounds in foods (biological role, removal by processing and/or cooking procedures, health effects). The allergic response. The distinction between food allergies and other food intolerances (e.g., gluten sensitive enteropathy, celiac disease). Removal of allergens in food by biotechnology methods.
The Concept of Substantial Equivalence
Experimental, compositional basis of the substantial equivalence approach. Situations of non-equivalence.
Procedures for Food Safety Assessment
Information and data management. Checklists: from molecular characterisation to consumption. Post-commercialisation monitoring.
Scientific and public policy issues. Labelling and public perception of technology. Social and economic issues. Consequences on trade: traceability and identity preservation of food commodities.
Factors shaping public perception and acceptance of biotechnology.
Scientific Uncertainty and the Precautionary Approach
Coping with scientific uncertainty. The Precautionary Approach and decision making. the role of public institutions. Separating biological from socio-economic risks. Risk communication as an integral part of risk assessment.
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