Legislative instrument details: GMO Directive

Classification
Legal name Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC
Short name GMO Directive
CELEX reference 32001L0018
Identification number 2001/18/EC
Issued by European Parliament and Council
URL to issuer http://www.europarl.europa.eu/
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 12/03/2001
Abstract The objective of this Directive is to approximate the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States of the European Union and to protect human health and the environment when: 1) carrying out the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms for any other purposes than placing on the market within the Community; and 2) placing on the market genetically modified organisms as or in products within the Community.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
Geographic scope EU25
Comments The GMO Directive repeals Council Directive 90/220/EEC, and has been supplemented by the following: 1) Commission Decision of 24 July 2002 establishing guidance notes supplementing Annex II to Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC; 2) Council Decision of 3 October 2002 establishing guidance notes supplementing Annex VII to Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC; and 3)Commission Decision of 23 February 2004 laying down detailed arrangements for the operation of the registers for recording information on genetic modifications in GMOs, provided for in Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (2004/204/EC).
The GMO Directive has also been amended by: 1) Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed; and 2) Regulation (EC) No. 1830/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 concerning the traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and the traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending Directive 2001/18/EC.