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Laws and Regulations for application of GMOs in Switzerland

The regulatory framework for GMO applications consists of regulations on different political levels. Regulations can count for a single or a couple of different applications.

Typical fields of application and regulation are:

  • the contained use of GMOs (specifically genetically modified micro-organisms) in facilities like research laboratories or biotechnological industrial plants
  • the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment or the placing on the market of GMOs (in field trials for research purposes, or for the application of GMOs in agriculture and environmental technology or for industrial purposes)
  • the production of GM food and feedstuff, which contains or consists of GMOs.

Overview of the existing Swiss regulatory framework in the area of GMO's

Where an English translation exists, the link points to this version, otherwise to the German version. English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation. English translations are provided for information purposes only and have no legal force. German, French and Italian versions of the texts are available by clicking on the appropriate link in the upper right hand corner of the pages.

Conventions and international agreements ratified by Switzerland

Last updated on: 25.01.2017

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