1. The action will collate and disseminate available information on plant RNAi and on RNAi systems in pests and pathogens of crop plants, facilitating research and exploitation o this technology and identifying information gaps and research needs.
2. Analyze the biosafety implications of new RNAI plants in national and EU regulatory and risk assessment frameworks and recommend changes to protocols where appropriate.
3. Identify the specific biosafety data requirements for the risk assessment and risk management of GM RNAi plants and their products (e.g. food and feed).
4. Promote existing and new field trials centers in several EU countries in order to test the efficacy and gene x environment interactions of RNAi-based transgenic plants produced by different research programs.
5. Create a consultation service (technical and biosafety) to provide recommendations to end-user groups, SMEs and policymakers.
6. Identify known or new knowledge gaps arising in the area of Potential Food and Feed hazards and/or potential Environmental Hazards specific to RNAi. Identification of current or new data requirements to complete risk assessments in respect of these specific hazards.
7. Determine specific biosafety data requirements for the risk assessment and risk management of GM RNAi plants and their products (e.g. food and feed).
8. Conduct topic specific workshops and a final Conference for the dissemination of the overall results and preparation of the final reports.