Presentation of CRIIGEN

CRIIGEN, the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering, was founded on 1 June 1999.

CRIIGEN is an apolitical and non-militant expert committee and consultancy, which is independent from producers of GMOs. It intervenes at different levels: legal, scientific (health, environment), sociological, technical (particularly labeling or threshold assays for GMOs), and economic.

Its particular aim is to produce research and independent information on genetic engineering and its impacts (whether natural or artificial, deliberate or accidental) in the fields of biology, environment, agriculture, food, medicine, and public health.

The association investigates, according to its statutes, the short, medium and long-term effects on human health and on the health of the entire living ecosystem.

This information is intended to be of high scientific quality: CRIIGEN works under the auspices of a Scientific Council, composed of French and foreign scientists, who determine research priorities according to their potential impacts on public health and the environment.

CRIIGEN’s interventions in these areas are carried out on behalf of citizens, businesses, associations, groups, and trade unions.

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Purpose of the association

  • Research and information on genetic engineering and its impacts

  • The creation of a laboratory for research and analysis, or subcontracting, to carry out its own investigations

  • Bringing about an end to the secrecy on the manipulations of genetic engineering and genetically modified crop production

  • The development of methods that do not enable genetic pollution

  • To look at all the effects on ecosystems, as well as diseases related to the environment and pollution

  • To contribute, without restriction and in particular within French territory, to the study of the effects of widespread pollution and thus to the protection of the environment and public health.

For more information on the purpose of CRIIGEN, please see its legal statutes: CRIIGEN_statuts.pdf


Since its inception, CRIIGEN has been consulted, occasionally or regularly, on specific points by a number of major organisations in the areas of food and/or the environment, such as: Ministry of Agriculture, Italy; Ministry of the Environment, Quebec; the European Union; the Biosafety Committee of China; Directorate General of Agriculture, European Commission; Carrefour; Confédération Paysanne, Europe and France; environmental protection groups; the University of Montreal; the Universities of Egypt and Tunisia; the Auchan Group;
Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO); chefs; consumer associations; Regional and General Councils; political groups (Greens, Socialist Party, Cap21, UMP); and the Bio Ecocert Agency.

Le Conseil d'Administration

Benoit Biteau
Benoit Biteau Gérant-fondateur de l'EARL Agriculteur paysan
Dr Joël Spiroux de Vendômois
Dr Joël Spiroux de Vendômois Président Médecin généraliste - Evreux
Me Corinne Lepage
Me Corinne Lepage Présidente d'Honneur Avocate - Paris
Dr Christian Velot
Dr Christian Velot Vice président Génétique et Microbiologie - Université Paris Sud - Orsay
Dr Arnaud Apoteker
Dr Arnaud Apoteker Conseiller OGM du groupe Verts/ALE au Parlement Européen
Colette Coussement
Colette Coussement Secrétaire - Metz
Dr Isabelle Chivilo
Dr Isabelle Chivilo Médecin généraliste - Homéopathe - Clamart
Dr Emilie GAILLARD Maître de conférences en droit privé
Miguel Garcia Casas
Miguel Garcia Casas Éducateur Spécialisé encadrant dans la communauté Emmaüs des Essarts (Vendée)
Pr Alain Grimfeld
Pr Alain Grimfeld Pédiatre orienté en Pneumologie et Allergologie
Denise Jourdan Hemmerdinger
Denise Jourdan Hemmerdinger Ancien chercheur au CNRS - Champigny S/Marne
André Lefebvre
André Lefebvre Trésorier adjoint Directeur Service Eco Développement Agricole et Rural de Bourgogne
M. Dominique Merlhès
M. Dominique Merlhès Trésorier Ancien directeur "Générale des Farines France" - Paris

Le Conseil Scientifique

Dr Joël Spiroux de Vendômois
Dr Joël Spiroux de Vendômois Président Médecin généraliste - Evreux
Dr Christian Velot
Dr Christian Velot Vice président Génétique et Microbiologie - Université Paris Sud - Orsay
Dr Michael Antoniou
Dr Michael Antoniou Génétique Moléculaire - King’s College London
Dr Dominique Béroule
Dr Dominique Béroule Chercheur au CNRS
Pr Marcello Buiatti
Pr Marcello Buiatti Génétique - Université de Florence Italie
Dr Dominique Cellier
Dr Dominique Cellier Mathématiques - Université de Rouen
Nicolas Defarge
Nicolas Defarge Chargé de mission CRIIGEN Docteur en Biologie
Pr Jacques Estienne
Pr Jacques Estienne Chimie Analytique - ICACQ - Aix en Provence
Pr Pierre Henri Gouyon
Pr Pierre Henri Gouyon Evolution, Génétique - Université Paris Sud – Orsay
Dr Angelika Hilbeck
Dr Angelika Hilbeck Institut de Technologie Fédérale - Suisse
Dr Robin Mesnage
Dr Robin Mesnage Docteur en biologie Gene Expression and Therapy Group
M. Louis-Marie Rocque
M. Louis-Marie Rocque Fondateur et Administrateur du Laboratoire Adgène "Biologie Moléculaire" – Thury-Harcourt
Biographie Contact
Pr Charles Sultan
Pr Charles Sultan Endocrinologie Pédiatrique - Université de Montpellier
Pr Jacques Testart
Pr Jacques Testart Directeur de Recherche honoraire à l'I.N.S.E.R.M.
Pr Louise Vandelac
Pr Louise Vandelac Cinbiose – UQAM Canada