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Commission Questioned on Impact ECJ Ruling on Mutagenesis Exemption

放大字体  缩小字体 Date:02 Jan 2019  Source:FOOD COMPLIANCE INTERNATIONAL  Writer:Global Foodmate  Views:257
The European Commission has been questioned on the application of the GMO legal framework to CRISPR-Cas9 considering the recent Court of Justice decision on mutagenesis techniques. On 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice decided in a long-anticipated case [Case C-528/16 - Confédération paysanne and Others] that not all mutagenesis techniques are automatically exempted from GMO legislation. only those techniques with a long history of safe use can benefit from the exemption under Annex I.B of Directive 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms. However, several Member States had considered mutagenesis techniques to be outside of the GMO legal framework before the Court’s decision. Therefore, several European parliament members asked the Commission how it will guarantee ECJ’s interpretation is fully implemented. The Commission replied that Member States are responsible for the correct implementation of EU rules, including GMO rules as interpreted by the ECJ. The Commission has recalled the obligation of Member States for this topic specifically. If necessary, the Commission will pursue further discussions.

Question for written answer E-005280-18 to the Commission (answered on 10 December 2018) - link

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