TAIEX Expert Mission on Harmonization of GM Legislation Held

In order to analyze the legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the field of genetically modified organisms, the Food Safety Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the technical support of the European Commission, organized a TAIEX expert mission, which took place in the period from 2-6. December 2019 in Mostar. Representatives of the relevant institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and the Brcko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the mission.

Participants were presented with a legal framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina regulating the procedure and conditions for restricted use, trans boundary movement, intentional introduction into the environment and the placing on the market of genetically modified organisms and products consisting of, containing or originating from genetically modified organisms.

During the expert mission, the entire EU legal framework regulating the field of GM in food and feed was presented, as well as specific experiences of the Republic of Croatia in the implementation of GM legislation, including the method of approval and official controls of GM in food and feed, intentional introduction GM into the environment and the way GM reference laboratories work.

Following the adoption of the Law on GMOs (“Official Gazette of B&H”, No. 23/09) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Directive (EU) 2015/412 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2015 amending Directive 2001/18 was adopted in the European Union. / EC as regards the ability of Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GM) in their territory. The transposition of this Directive into the legal framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina was also one of the topics discussed within the framework of an expert mission led by Valentina Zoretić-Rubes, Head of the Epidemiology and GM Service at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia.