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Genetically Modified Food and Feed:
The EU Regulatory Process


Many genetically modified plants have already been authorised for use in food and feed in the EU. Additional applications are awaiting decisions. 
 

Genetic engineering and food: The European legal system

GMOs cannot be put on the market without approval, whether it's a food product made from GM crops or seeds for GM plants. In 2004, a new, fundamentally revised legal system took effect in all EU Member States. The essential foundations of the EU's policies are tight safety standards and safeguarding freedom of choice for consumers and farmers.
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Animation: The EU Approval Process in Motion!
Applying, consulting, and making a decision: The long and winding road to approval for GMOs in Europe
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The long road to authorisation: From application to final decision

Every decision is based on a scientific safety assessment. The assessments are made by an independent committee of experts under the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The final decision is made by the European Commission and all Member States. The details of the process, however, are quite complex and are often difficult for citizens to understand.
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Complex laws

Several guidelines for different products, confusing transitional regulations, and complicated processes: Citizens do not have it easy when it comes to understanding genetic engineering laws in the EU. Here you can find the most important aspects at a glance.
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An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

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GM Food and Feed: Authorization in the EU
GMO Database: Contains information on every GM plant that has been approved or is awaiting authorisation in the EU.
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