Genetically Modified Organisms
Report no: 2013: 15
In preparation for a legal implementation of EU-regulation 1829/2003, the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has been requested by the Norwegian Environment Agency (former Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management) to conduct final environmental risk assessments for all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and products containing or consisting of GMOs that are authorized in the European Union under Directive 2001/18/EC or Regulation 1829/2003/EC.
The request covers scope(s) relevant to the Gene Technology Act.
The request does not cover GMOs that VKM already has conducted its final risk assessments on. However, the Agency requests VKM to consider whether updates or other changes to earlier submitted assessments are necessary.
The VKM GMO Panel concludes that maize Bt11 x MIR604 is comparable to conventional maize varieties concerning environmental risk in Norway with the intended use.