Press Release: Judgment in Case C-528/16. Confédération paysanne and Others v Premier ministre and Ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt

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Series Details No.111, 2018 (25.07.18)
Publication Date 25/07/2018
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Organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs and are, in principle, subject to the obligations laid down by the GMO Directive.

However, organisms obtained by mutagenesis techniques which have conventionally been used in a number of applications and have a long safety record are exempt from those obligations, on the understanding that the Member States are free to subject them, in compliance with EU law, to the obligations laid down by the directive or to other obligations.

The Opinion of the Advocate General in this case given in January 2018 can be found here.

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