Eidgenössische Ethikkommission für die Biotechnologie im Ausserhumanbereich EKAH

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National Focal Points and Competent Authorities in Switzerland

Nationale Kontaktstelle für das Cartagena Protokoll über biologische Sicherheit:

Ms. Anne Gabrielle Wüst Saucy 

Head of Biotechnology Section

Soil and Biotechnology Division

Federal Office for the Environment

CH-3003 Bern

Switzerland


Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP

Tel.:  +41 58 463 83 44

Fax:  +41 58 464 79 78

E-mail: annegabrielle.wuestsaucy(at)bafu.admin.ch

Competent Authorities:

In Switzerland the Biotechnology Section of the Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN) is the competent authority:

  • on the implementation of the Biodiversity Convention in the area of genetic resources
  • on the development and implementation of environmental regulations in the area of biotechnology and gene technology
  • on issues associated with the safe, sustainable use of biotechnology and gene technology including the issue of bioethics
  • on all international activities in the area of environmental biosafety, in particular for the OECD and the Convention on Biodiversity
  • on the development and implementation of the Environment Protection Law in the area of pathogens and non-native organisms.

Depending on the product category (intended use of the GMOs) other authorities for issuing licences and the applicable authorisation procedure were involved:

  • the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) for food and biocidal products
  • Swissmedic for medicines
  • Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) for immunobiological veterinary medicines
  • the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) for plant propagation material, animal feed, fertilisers or plant protection products

Last updated on: 10.05.2017





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