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GMO Evaluation - Introduction

Evaluation of the EU legislative framework on GM food and feed

Five years after the entry into force of the GMO legislation, in June 2009 DG SANCO launched an evaluation by an external contractor of the legislative framework on GM food and feed. It is intended to cover the two major aspects of the current legislation: the risk assessment and regulatory approval process and the labelling requirements. The process of evaluation will cover at the same time the experience gathered in all the 27 Member States and the approach of some of our most important trading partners.

The evaluator is required not only to assess whether the legislation has met its foreseen objectives but also to present different options for the future, including the "status quo" option, and to analyse their relevance and impact taking account of the needs of the European society in this quickly evolving sector.