Organised through distance learning.
The programme includes an introductory section on plant biotechnology and its applications for agriculture and industry. The main core covers the basics of risk assessment and regulatory structures, food and feed safety assessment, and environmental safety assessment. An overview of national and international regulatory systems and risk assessment and applications is included. The final section deals with risk perception and communication.
The course is given electronically through e-learning. Two on-campus periods are included: one in the beginning of the course at IPBO, Ghent University (BE) and one at the end. Evaluation is carried out throughout the year through interactive discussions, assignments, and written and oral exams during the second on campus session at the end of the course.
The certificate awarded is suitable for individuals engaged as biosafety professionals in government agencies or industry. It is also tailored for individuals with an interest in public policy, legal and ethical aspects of biotechnology.