The Accord is industry-led framework that is meant to address what happens when biotech events go off patent. Bernice Slutsky, senior vice president for Domestic and International Policy for the American Seed Trade Association says the Accord works to protect farmers and stakeholders. “Our farmers, customers, and stakeholders can have the confidence that as these events go off patent there is a structure there to ensure those regulatory authorizations are maintained and trade is not interrupted,” she says.
Slutsky provided an update on the Accord, which consists of two separate agreements, during ASTA’s annual meeting last week.
The GEMAA, or Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement is completed and up and running. “The other agreement is called the Data Use and Compensation Agreement, or the DUCA,” she says. “DUCA is not yet complete. It is the larger agreement and is meant to address with some of the more complicated regulatory issues associated with stacked products.”
Slutsky tells Brownfield they hope to have the DUCA completed and open for signatures by the end of the year.