Launched in 2010, RiskOGM is a research programme operated by the ministry responsible for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy to support the establishment of a scientific community and the development of scientific knowledge, methods and practice that can be used to define and implement public policy on GMOs.
The programme is underpinned by a Scientific Council and a Steering Committee representing the stakeholders.
The priority areas identified for research cover general GMO monitoring plans, crop coexistence, governance, economic, ethical and social aspects and the overall approach to analysing the safety of foods containing transgenic products.
Three projects in progress received support following an initial call for proposals in late 2010. At the end of 2013, following a second call, the project PGM/GMO90plus was selected for support amounting to €2.5 million. It aims to improve knowledge about potential health impacts of the long-term consumption of products derived from genetically modified crops.