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Last 23 February, the Department of Science and Technology Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC), through its Head Secretariat, Ms. Julieta Fe L. Estacio, presented the requirements for research involving Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) with biosafety implications to students and faculty of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila.

As part of UST’s aim to expand their research scope while promulgating ethical and research integrity, it conducted its seminar on “Research Excellence and Integrity” featuring ethics issues and concerns in publication, health research, and biosafety. Since UST has been undertaking research on GMOs recently, it is imperative for them to know the aspects of biosafety regulation, as well as the requirements needed to conduct contained use and confined test projects.

With DOST-BC’s aim to strengthen public participation and awareness on biosafety, this event became an effective avenue to introduce the country’s regulatory process to ensure the safety of the products brought by modern biotechnology.