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Technology & Society

The impact of new technology in our lives is increasing daily as more and more innovative products reach our markets. How do these compare with traditional products? Do they represent a potential risk for our health or the environment? How can we develop policy to reflect all these changes? And how should society be informed? These are challenging questions for governments and interested and/or affected citizens, where rational choices often take precedence over emotionsAmeco can assist in this regard, by offering support in the form of sensible interpretations and pragmatic solutions between policy and practice. We also combine specific knowledge with a broader understanding when considering processes that focus on a sensitive issue and involve policy and society. Relevant examples include genetic modification, nanotechnology and the construction of UMTS masts.



Analysis of European laws and regulations on GMO's

Client: The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM)
Date: 2016
Country: Netherlands, The

Obtaining an answer to the question whether the current legislation is justifiable, considering that non-transparent regulations on socially highly controversial scientific innovation obscures the debate and is making public authorities ( EU or Member State) vulnerable.


Analysis of developments White Biotechnology

Client: National Institute for public health and the environment (RIVM)
Date: 2016
Country: Netherlands, The
Description and analysis of new developments taking place in white biotechnology on short and long term.


Role of accumulation in safety and risks assessments

Client: Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Date: 2015 - 2016
Country: Netherlands, The
Examining what role accumulation currently plays in the ongoing safety and risk policies of I&M. This study focuses on an exploration of options, where necessary, accumulation can be better incorporated into policy and decision making processes.

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Consistency check on advices related to working with chimere viruses

Client: The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM)
Date: 2014 - 2015
Country: Netherlands, The
One of the tasks of the Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM) is to advise the Dutch Government on which containment conditions should be met when working with chimere viruses. Ameco is currently performing a consistency check to assess whether these advices have been consistent over the last 10 years.

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The role of bees in the spread of pollen grains from GM field trials

Client: The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM)
Date: 2011-2012
Country: Netherlands, The
Research on honeybees and their role in spreading pollen grains from field trials with genetically modified plants, for the benefit of improved risk analysis. In cooperation with Wageningen UR.
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Regulation on the contained use of GMOs in Europe

Client: The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM)
Date: 2009-2010
Country: Netherlands, The
Obtaining an insight in the various regulations on the contained use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that apply within the various EU Member States, in order to draw lessons for deregulation.


Public participation and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Client: Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
Date: 2007
Country: Netherlands, The
Involving citizens – through organizing a number of workshops and site visits – in developing recommendations aimed at improving the work of the Dutch VROM GMO-Inspectorate.


GMOs in Bulgaria: Enforcement of legislation, control measures and distribution of knowledge

Client: Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs (EVD)
Date: 2006-2009
Country: Bulgaria
Assisting the Government of Bulgaria in fulfilling their obligations in order to become a full member of the European Union. More in specific, assisting the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in the implementation and enforcement of Directive 2001/18/EC concerning the placing on the market of genetically modified organisms.


GMO positions EU Member States

Client: Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Date: 2006-2008
Country: European Union, Netherlands, The
Inventory of key persons and organizations involved in GMO policy making. Clarification of who is involved in developing and implementing GMO policy, and who is involved in determining national standpoints concerning GMOs in all EU Member States.


GMO risk analysis in The Netherlands

Client: Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Date: 2006-2007
Country: Netherlands, The
Backgrounds on GMO risk analysis: evaluation of the legal framework.


Enforcement of legislation on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Client: Netherlands Ministry of Economic affairs (EVD)
Date: 2004-2006
Country: Slovenia
Assisting the Government of Slovenia with the introduction and implementation of legislation for controlling genetically modified organisms.


Development of the National Biosafety Framework for Georgia

Client: UNDP
Date: 2003-2004
Country: Georgia

Project coordinator of UNEP-GEF project to ensure an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of GMOs, taking into account risks to human health, and focusing on transboundary movements of GMOs.

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