On 4 April, the Member States agreed a new Regulation which makes provision for reinforced requirements on the authorisation for imports of genetically modified food and animal feed. The key objectives of the Regulation are to reinforce and improve the authorisation process of genetically modified food and feed and to clarify the requirements for submitting a request. The Regulation includes an obligation for companies to carry out a 90-day feeding test on rodents for single GMO events, before authorisation is granted. The Regulation will enter into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal of the EU. It foresees a transitional period of 6 months for companies to comply.

The Commission’s press release is available via the following link: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEX-13-0403_en.htm