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6 February 2009

Kick-off meeting of steering group

13 May 2009

Inception report – meeting of steering group

August – September 2009

Stakeholder consultation
(for targeted stakeholders only)

31 October 2009

Interim report
(Collation of preliminary findings & consultation exercise)

4 December 2009

Presentation of interim report to the Advisory Group on the Food Chain, Animal and Plant Health

31 January 2010

Draft final report

28 February 2010

Final report

Spring 2010

Dissemination of report


Report and Studies

Evaluation of the EU legislation Framework  in the Field of Cultivation

In December 2008, the DG Environment launched a technical evaluation of the regulatory framework of the cultivation of GMOs under Directive 2001/18/EC on the deliberate release into the environment of GMOs and Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on GM food and feed and the marketing of their other uses under the Directive.

The aim of the evaluation is to assess to what extent the legislative framework on the cultivation and marketing of GMOs and its up to date implementation have achieved its objective of protecting human and animal health, the environment and consumers' interest, while ensuring the effective and efficient functioning of the internal market.

The evaluation will cover topics such as risk assessment, management and communication, authorisation procedures, national safeguard measures, inspections and controls and confidentiality rules.

The contractor of this exercise is GHK, member of the EPEC consortium. Within the framework of their task, they will analyse the GMO legislation and a series of available documents, reports and studies related to its implementation. Moreover they will consult a wide range of stakeholders, including the Member States' Competent Authorities under the GMO legislation, professional associations, biotech industry and civil society organisations involved in biotechnology issues.

The results of this work are expected for the first quarter of 2010.

The stakeholder registration website is now up and running at

Terms of Reference

Inception report

Interim report