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Approval to First-time Import of Agricultural Genetically Modified Organisms by Overseas Developers

DATE:2013-05-03       SOURCE:MOA
 

Subject:

 

Approval to First-time Import of Agricultural Genetically Modified Organisms by Overseas Developers

 

Handling approach:

 

 Examination and approval  

 

Contents to be examined:

 

1. Environmental safety of the GMO  

2. Safety of the GMO as food  

3. Safety level of the GMO  

4. Approval of the GMO abroad/outside the Chinese mainland

5. Related qualifications of the applicant

 

Legal basis:

 

1. Regulations on Administration of Agricultural GMO Safety  

2. Administrative Measures for Safety Assessment of Agricultural GMOs (promulgated by Decree No. 8 of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in 2002 and revised by Decree No. 38 of MOA in 2004)

(i) Safety assessment of genetically modified microorganisms for animals; ii) safety assessment of genetically modified microorganisms for plants; iii) safety assessment of other genetically modified microorganisms; iv) safety assessment of genetically modified animals; and v) safety assessment of genetically modified plants.)

3. Administrative Measures for Safety of Import of Agricultural GMOs (promulgated by Decree No. 9 of MOA in 2002 and revised by Decree No. 38 of MOA in 2004) 

 

Requirements:

 

1. Application for Safety Assessment of Agricultural GMOs

2. Safety level of the agricultural GMO and basis for determination of the safety level

3. Marketing approval certificate issued by the exporting country/region

4. Documents on safety in the exporting country/region

5. Test Report produced by the institution for technical testing of agricultural GMOs entrusted by MOA

 

Procedures:

 

1. Acceptance of application documents. The General Office for Administrative Examination and Approval of MOA accepts and preliminarily examines the Application for Safety Assessment of Agricultural GMOs and related documents submitted by the applicant.

2. Examination. The Office for Agricultural GMO Safety of MOA examines the application documents according to related national regulations.

3. Issue of approval document on entry of GMO materials. The Office for Agricultural GMO Safety issues the Approval Document on Entry of Agricultural GMO Materials to a qualified applicant according to the examination findings as well as the procedures for issue of the document so that the developer from outside the Chinese mainland could import the agricultural GMO materials.

4. Technical testing. The institution for technical testing of agricultural GMOs entrusted by MOA performs the environmental and edible safety testing and produces a test report.

5. Expert examination. The Office for Agricultural GMO Safety of MOA designates the National Committee on Safety of Agricultural GMOs to examine the application documents and the test report.

6. Reply. The Office for Agricultural GMO Safety makes a proposal according to the examination results, submits it to the minister for final examination and then gives a written reply to the applicant.

 

Promised time limit: 270 days

 

Charge: 5000 yuan per application

1. Circular of the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance on Charges for Safety Assessment and Testing of Agricultural GMOs and Related Issues (Fagaijiage [2007] No. 3704)

 

Contact Information

Mail:  To: Agricultural Science & Technology Desk

Address: Administrative Examination and Approval Office

Ministry of Agriculture

No.11 Nongzhanguan Nanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Postcode: 100125  

 

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