With the increase in approvals for genetically modified (GM) crops globally with diversified traits, testing for unauthorized GM events or living modified organisms (LMOs) in the country needs to be undertaken in a systematic and harmonized manner. There are more than 25 LMO testing laboratories all over the country; each having their own independent methodologies for GM testing. In order to facilitate efficient checking of authorized and unauthorized GM events and to confirm the GM status of an unknown sample, there is need to harmonize the detection methodologies followed by the LMO/GM detection laboratories. Such harmonization would also be imperative to ensure smooth and efficient regulatory compliance.
This web page on ‘GMO/LMO Testing Laboratories Network of India’ has been developed by the ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi under the project on Networking of LMO Detection Laboratories of India and Regional Network sponsored by the UNEP-GEF Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety and supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India. The web page with dynamic information about GMO detection laboratories including contact details would facilitate in harmonizing the GMO/LMO detection activities in the country.