Find additional information and details on ag biotech trade.

Learn more about the Global Alliance for Ag Biotech Trade's partners and access additional information on the regulation, trade and transport of biotech crops in the GAABT resource section.

Sources for Safety Information, Data, and Assessments

Online Resources



Sponsor Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Scope Information regarding the regulatory and market status of agricultural biotechnology seed products (or, if applicable, other propagative materials) that Participating Companies has developed for the U.S. and other countries or markets with regulatory systems in place that grant authorizations.

Information Available

For each ag biotech seed product:

  • Country
  • Product name
  • Event name
  • OECD Unique Identifier
  • Company
  • Market Status
    • Commodity cultivation
    • closed loop cultivation
    • import
    • last seed sale
    • not commercialized
  • Authorized For
    • environmental/cultivation
    • environmental/import
    • food
    • feed
    • ‘refer to individual event status’
  • Information last updated

Source Participating technology developers

GM Foods Platform


Sponsor Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Scope Information on safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants authorized in accordance with the Codex “Guideline for the conduct of food safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants (CAC/GL 45-2003, annex III adopted in 2008)

Information Available

For each country:

  • Name of product applicant
  • Summary of application
  • Date of authorization
  • Scope of authorization
  • Links to the information on the same product in other international databases
  • Summary of the safety assessment
  • Where detection method protocols and appropriate reference material (non-viable, or in certain circumstances, viable) suitable for low-level situation may be obtained, and
  • Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment.

Source Officially designated Focal Point for each Codex member (country)

OECD Biotrack database


Sponsor Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Scope Includes basic information on products derived from the use of modern biotechnology, as well as some products with novel traits acquired by the use of conventional breeding or mutagenesis, that have been approved for commercial application in at least one country, in terms of food, feed or environmental safety. The database can be browsed by: Unique Identifier Organism, Company, Country, Trait

Information Available

For each event:

  1.   Transformation Event
  2.   Trade Name
  3.   Applicant
  4.   Organism Common Names
  5.   Organism Scientific Names
  6.   Centre of Origin and Diversity
  7.  Food and Feed Safety Issues
  8.   Methods for safe handling
  9.   Additional Information
  10. Traits
  11. Genes

For each country:

  • Date of approval
  • Type of use
  • Authority
  • Decision
  • Risk assessment  
  • Methods for detections — Reference materials

Source Authorities in OECD member/non-member countries and certain institutions that developed these products.

Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH)


Sponsor Secretariat of the Conventional on Biological Diversity

Scope Scientific, technical, environmental and legal information on, and experience with, living modified organisms. The information currently available is organized into two categories: National Records and Reference Records.

Information Available

For biotech products:

  • Summary information on all living modified organisms including:
    • transformation events
    • genetic modifications
    • decisions that refer to these organisms
  • Summary information on gene inserts and characteristics of the genetic modifications of LMOs
  • Summary information on parental, recipient or donor organisms related to the LMOs

For each country:

  • National Contacts
  • Laws and Regulations
  • National Reports
  • Country’s Decisions and other Communication, including: (i) Decisions on LMOs under Advance Informed Agreement; (ii) Decisions on LMOs for food, for feed or for processing under Article 11; (iii) Other decisions & declarations; (iv) Risk Assessment Reports
  • Roster of Experts

Source Governments and other users authorized by the CBD

GM Crop Database


Sponsor Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation

Scope Global database of genetically modified plants, including commercial products that have been discontinued and those that were granted regulatory approval but not commercialized.

Information Available

The database can be browsed by:

  • Crops & traits
  • Genetic Elements
  • Regulatory approvals

Information Available:

For each crop & trait:

  • Host organism
  • Trait
  • Trait introduction method
  • Proposed use
  • Product developer
  • Summary of regulatory approvals
  • Abstract and detailed descriptions of:
    • Summary of introduced genetic elements
    • Characteristics
    • Donor organism characteristics
    • Modification method
    • Characteristics of the modification
    • Environmental safety considerations
    • Food and/or Feed safety considerations

Source CERA staff

GM Approval Database


Sponsor International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA)

Scope Biotech/GM crop events and traits that have been approved for commercialization and planting and/or for import for food and feed use. The database can be browsed by: commercial trait, GM trait, developer, and single or stacked traits.

Information Available

For each event:

  • Developer
  • Method of trait introduction
  • GM traits
  • Commercial trait
  • Summary of basic genetic modification (gene introduced, gene source, product, function)
  • Authorizations (country, year & type of approval)
  • Documents and links, including event descriptions on other databases, regulatory & biosafety information from authorities, and detection methods

Source Entries in the database are sourced principally from Biotechnology Clearing House of approving countries and from country regulatory websites.