Authorisation holders must ensure that a monitoring plan for environmental effects, as set out in the respective authorisation decisions for placing on the market of genetically modified (GM) products for food and feed, is put in place and implemented. The monitoring plan consists of a general surveillance, which is not based on a hypothesis, and is in line with the intended uses for the authorised genetically modified organisms. EuropaBio and authorisation holders work with relevant trade associations (COCERAL, FEDIOL and UNISTOCK) to make use of the existing routine surveillance practices for a proper import, handling and processing of viable GM commodities. As part of this harmonised implementation of the post-market environmental monitoring plans, the authorisation holders – directly and/or through EuropaBio – inform the operators in a timely fashion of any newly approved GM plant products for import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 or Directive 2001/18/EC subject to general surveillance. This dedicated website is regularly updated to further support a transparent process for general surveillance and easy access to relevant information.
The section ‘Product Information’ provides an overview and detailed information on all approved GM plant products subject to general surveillance. Specifically, the section provides a profile for every approved GM plant product, with documentation on characteristics, safety, EFSA Scientific Opinion(s), Commission Decision(s), and a contact point in case of queries