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Deliberate release into the environment (small scale field trial) of genetically modified organisms for any other purposes than placing on the market ("Part B")

Before undertaking a deliberate release of a GMO a notification shall be submitted to the competent authority of the Member State within whose territory the release is to take place. Member States shall consult the public on deliberate releases and amongst other information, without prejudice to Article 25 of Directive 2001/18/EC, the Commission shall make available to the public the information contained in the so-called "summary notification information format" (SNIF).

Placing on the market of genetically modified organisms as or in products ("Part C")

Before undertaking a placing on the market a notification shall be submitted to the competent authority of the Member State where such a GMO is to be placed on the market for the first time. Also in this case, amongst other information, and without prejudice to Article 25 of Directive 2001/18/EC, the Commission shall immediately make available to the public a "summary notification information format" (SNIF). The Commission shall also make available to the public the so-called "assessment reports". The public may make comments on the Part C SNIFs and on the assessment reports to the Commission within 30 days and the Commission shall immediately forward the comments to the competent authorities. Finally, for all GMOs which have received written consent for placing on the market or whose placing on the market was rejected, the assessment reports carried out for these GMOs and the opinion(s) of the European Food Safety Authority shall be made available to the public. Also the consent itself including the conditions specified, and the Commission Decision (if any) including the conditions specified, have to be made public by the Member States.

Purpose of the site

The purpose of this web site, managed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on behalf of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers, is to record the information on GMOs provided for in article 31(2) of Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms.

Please be aware that according to Article 25 of Directive 2001/18/EC, confidential information shall not be made public in any case and will be treated separately from that information accessible to the public.

Note:
"Part B" and "Part C" are referring to the parts of the Directive 2001/18/EC. "Part A" of the Directive contains the general provisions.