As part of its informative task, COGEM has the lead role in drawing up a trend analysis of developments in biotechnology. It is compiled for the Dutch House of Representatives with the aim to inform politicians about major new biotechnological developments and applications in the Netherlands and further afield, the trends which can be recognised in this, the associated chances and possibilities that can be realised and the ethical and societal aspects related to these.
The ‘Trend Analysis Biotechnology’ is commissioned by the Minister for the Environment. It is a joint publication with other advisory bodies. The trend analysis covers the whole field of biotechnology and is not limited to genetic modification.