The database is an open access searchable collection of scientific studies on biosafety and risk assessment in biotechnology. It is updated monthly and the new records are immediately distributed by email to freely subscribed users (to subscribe send an empty message to Biosafetyfirstname.lastname@example.org
). The database contains a comprehensive collection of many thousands of records (full reference with abstracts) of scientific articles published since 1990. Full version of each record may be obtained via the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or by contacting the corresponding author directly (email addresses are provided when available).
All articles are screened and classified by scientists in the ICGEB Biosafety Unit to ensure that each record will contribute to the various scientific debates arising from the commercial release of GMOs. The database is also interoperable with the central portal of the Biosafety Clearing House
, hosted by the Convention on Biological Diversity.