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.
Taking into account the expected limited import of oilseed rape T45 (EU COM 2009), the VKM GMO Panel considers that the routes of gene flow from T45 would not introduce significant numbers of transgenic plants into agricultural areas or result in any environmental consequences in Norway.
The VKM GMO Panel concludes that oilseed rape T45 is unlikely to have any adverse effect on the environment in Norway in the context of its intended usage.