From the start of the GMO90+ project, both its sponsors and the researchers involved in the multi-organisation consortium (INRA, INSERM, CNRS, ANSES), working with private-sector partners, expressed a clear wish for the research project to be organised as openly as possible. The question of civil society's involvement in the project was discussed very early by the consortium's researchers.
Given the polemical nature of the debate on GMOs and the entirely public funding of the research, the consortium's members agreed on two key principles: transparency and the possibility for stakeholders to formulate comments and obtain answers from the project's scientists.
Transparency relates in particular to:
- the broad outlines of the study, the protocol followed and its evolution;
- the publication of the raw results of the research, and a presentation of the statistical data processing methods and the way they are interpreted;
- public declarations of interest from the consortium's researchers
In practice, these principles will be reflected in:
- the organisation of information meetings (combined if possible with those of the RiskOGM programme) at key stages of the project, with the minutes always made public;
- the publication online of key documents on the project website;
- the circulation of information letters;
- the publication online of public declarations of interest from the consortium's members;
- the provision of an e-mail address for submitting comments;
- the publication of a table summarising the comments and the consortium's replies.