National Decisions and Declarations

National decisions on LMOs

Beneath find an overview on Austrian decisions and declarations which are relevant in the framework of the Cartagena Protocol.

Specifically relevant are the following categories of decisions and reports on:

  • Decisions on LMOs under the Advance Informed Agreement (AIA), which applies to the first intentional transboundary movement of LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment of the Party of import;
  • Decisions on LMOs for food, for feed or for processing under Article 11 of the Cartagena Protocol regarding the requirement that countries exchange information at an early stage through the BCH;
  • Other decisions and declarations (decisions according to the Simplified procedure, concerning transit, unintentional or illegal transboundary movement, decisions on import or release, taken prior to entry into force of the Protocol) and
  • Risk Assessment Reports carried out to evaluate the potential adverse effects of LMOs on biodiversity and human health.

Decisions according to the AIA-mechanism:

Austria has not yet issued decisions according to the AIA mechanism of the Cartagena Protocol.

Decisions concerning deliberate releases of GMOs in Austria:

No authorisations were granted in Austria for the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment for other purposes than the placing on the market according to Directive 2001/18/EC, Part B.

Decisions on placing on the market of GMOs:

No notifications have been submitted to the Austrian competent Authority for applications of placing on the market of GMOs.

Authorisations granted by other EU Member States are listed in a register which is maintained by the European Commission. These decisions are submitted to the BCH central portal by the Member States which issued authorisations on behalf of all European Member States.

With regard to some of these products Austria has communicated safety concerns and issued safeguard measures according to Art. 23 of Directive 2001/18/EC. The placing on the Austrian market of these GMOs is prohibited by these measures.

more on Austrian safeguard measures

more on EU wide authorisations for the placing on the market of GMOs

Decisions on applications in contained use of GMOs of Biosafety categories 3 und 4:

No authorisations were granted in Austria for applications in contained use of GMOs of the highest Biosafety category (Class 4). For GMOs which belong to Biosafety Class 3 a small number of applications were authorised by the competent authorities (BMG and BMWF).

For an overview on authorised applications see the respective chapters of the regular reports of the Austrian advisory body (Gentechnikkommission). Further details may be requested from the competent authorities.

6th report of the national advisory body for GMO applications (Gentechnikkommission) in German language

Decisions on GM food and feed products (LMO-FFPs):

Decisions for the authorisation of GM food and feed products are issued in the European Union based on a community procedure according to Regulation (EC) 1829/2003. Such decisions are issued by the European Commission. Authorised products are listed in a register of GM foods and feeds maintained by the European Commission and decisions are submitted to the BCH central portal by the European Commission.

more on EU authorisations for GM-food and feed

Information on risk assessments for GMOs produced in Austria:

In response to a ruling of the WTO panel for the dispute "EC: Biotech" Austria prepared an own risk assessment regarding GM maize MON810. The cultivation of GM maize MON810 is currently restricted due to safeguard measure by the Austrian government. The Austrian Risk assessment identifies and assesses the concerns which support the current safeguard measure.

Justifications based on new scientific evidence were submitted and published by Austria in support of the safeguard measures implemented for other GMOs.

Risk Assessment of GM maize MON810