DG Health and Consumers
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Two consultancies carried out an independent evaluation of GMO legislation in 2009 - 2011, addressing cultivation and GM food and feed.
- Stakeholders and competent authorities broadly support the legislation's main goals: protecting health and the environment, and creating an internal market;
- The objectives of the legislation remain consistent with the needs of society;
- Recent Commission actions are on the right track;
- Some adjustments are necessary for better implementation e.g.:
- Increased efficiency in the authorisation system;
- More flexibility for GMO cultivation;
- Harmonisation of the risk assessment process.
The Commission is already addressing many of the recommendations via these actions:
- Proposal for increased flexibility on GMO cultivation,
- Technical information on the socio-economic implications of GMO cultivation,
- Reviewing and transforming the risk assessment guidelines for food and feed and environmental release into legal documents approved by EU countries;
- Reinforcement of the environmental monitoring;
- Harmonised sampling and testing for low level presence in food,
- Assessment of new plant breeding techniques;
- Intensified communication on GMO issues.