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The Specialty Crops Regulatory Assistance (SCRA) 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. The innovative nature of some of this research, the limited market potential, and, often, the small-scale of the developing entities make the regulatory process especially challenging. Regulatory costs and complexities can impede and obstruct the availability of diverse crops and biotechnology-derived traits even for those companies with resources to address the regulatory process.

Specialty crop growers can continue to provide an ever expanding, abundant, and diverse supply of safe, high quality food for the public good if they have ready access to diverse crops and diverse traits. The SCRA will help to ensure that regulatory costs or complexity does not stand in the way of the development of biotechnology-derived specialty crops for a range of crop developers, from small entities to large firms with interests in the specialty crops. The SCRA program will allow these entities to broaden their portfolio in the specialty crops.

2016 SCRA Workshop was successfully held September 19-21, 2016 in Riverdale, Maryland on the practical aspects of developing dossiers on genetically engineered specialty crops for submission to US regulatory agencies. This workshop was a follow-up to the highly successful workshop (Specialty Crop Regulatory Assistance Workshop: Nuts and Bolts of US Regulatory Dossiers for Genetically Engineered  Crops) that was held in December 2011 with the full cooperation and participation of the three US regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over agricultural biotechnology: USDA-APHIS, EPA, and FDA.

To view the workshop proceedings, presentations, and agenda click here.

2018 SCRA Workshop 
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding another workshop in Riverdale, Maryland on October 3-5 2018. Registration is now open! Click here to register. Stay tuned for more details about case studies to be presented as we get closer.

For any questions please contact Mollie Hogan, hogan@eversoleassociates.com

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