Agricultural Biotechnology Information Disclosure: Accommodating Conflicting Interests Within Public Access Norms

Source Organization: Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology


12/14/2005 - In December 2005, the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) undertook the first in a series of dialogues on existing and potential frameworks for engaging in cooperative oversight of agricultural biotechnology and on the unique regulatory challenges presented by the technology.

The first workshop in the series, Agricultural Biotechnology Information Disclosure: Accommodating Conflicting Interests Within Public Access Norms, was held in Dallas, Texas, and examined how confidential business information (CBI) conflicts can impede cooperation between state and federal regulatory agencies. Over the course of the two-day event, participants from both federal and state governments gathered to find solutions to the issues that disrupt cooperation between state and federal agencies in their efforts to share information necessary for effective oversight of agricultural biotechnology.

View Agricultural Biotechnology Information Disclosure: Accommodating Conflicting Interests Within Public Access Norms workshop report.

Workshop Agenda

December 14, 2005

Welcome and Introduction

  • Adrian Polansky, Secretary of Agriculture, Kansas and NASDA Biotech Task Force Chair 
  • Orlo (Bob) Ehart, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture 
  • Dr. Michael Fernandez, Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology
Confidential Business Information and State/Federal FOIA Statutes: Statutory Origins, Agency Integration of Laws, Industrial Needs

  • James O'Reilly, University of Cincinnati 
  • Nancy Bryson, Venable LLP 
  • Jim Aidala, Bergson & Campbell P.C. 
  • Stan Abramson, Arent Fox

    Federal Regulators – The Permit Application Process: How CBI is Managed

    • Rebecca Bech, APHIS/BRS 
    • Mike Mendelsohn, EPA/OPP 
    • Stephen Howie, EPA/OECA 
    • Roundtable on 'Federal Regulators'

    State Regulators – The Local Perspective: How the Federal Process Impacts State Oversight

    • Robin Pruisner, Iowa, National Plant Board 
    • Tobi Jones, California, Association of American Pesticide Control Officials 
    • Roundtable on 'State Regulators'

    Roundtable discussion

    • Problem Identification 
    • Identification of Criteria for Solutions

    December 15, 2005

    • Problem/Issue identification 
    • Identification of Criteria for Solutions

    Talking Solutions

    • Rebecca Bech, APHIS/BRS 
    • APHIS Proposal – MOU with States 
    • Jim O'Reilly, University of Cincinnati 
    • Class Determination 
    • Retractable Loan Mechanisms 
    • Segregated Files 
    • Doe vs Veneman 
    • Critical Infrastructure 
    • Stan Abramson, Arent Fox 
    • Industry Practices 
    • Roundtable – Evaluation of Solutions against Needs and Criteria

    Identification of Solutions to Highlight and to Eliminate

    View Agricultural Biotechnology Information Disclosure: Accommodating Conflicting Interests Within Public Access Norms workshop report.

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