The Specialty Crop Regulatory Assistance workshop will be held Dec. 6-8, 2011 in Riverdale, Md. The workshop, entitled Nuts and Bolts of U.S. Regulatory Dossiers for Genetically Engineered Crops, is being held in cooperation with the USDA-APHIS, EPA, and the FDA and with funding from the USDA-NIFA BRAG program. The workshop is unique in that it will allow crop developers and others interested in the U.S. regulatory system for biotechnology to learn the specifics of regulatory dossiers directly from the regulators. Detailed discussions will focus on three case studies that are actual examples of traits at various stages of the regulatory process: one that has cleared the regulatory process (Plum), and two others that have started the process (potato and peanut).

Early registration is available at the SCRA website:

The Specialty Crop Regulatory Assistance (SCRA) initiative is a collaborative, public-private effort to assist public and private-sector developers of biotechnology-derived specialty crops in their efforts to complete the complex US regulatory process for commercialization of biotechnology-derived crops. More information can be found at: