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BfR Committee for Genetically Modified Food and Feed
Genetically modified food and feed require approval in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003. The transfer of overall responsibility for the safety assessment of genetically modified food and feed to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) means that the assessment procedure is now harmonised and centralised. EFSA may also, in individual cases, delegate responsibility for the safety assessment to one of the competent authorities of the Member States.
EFSA draws on the expertise available in the Member States by inviting comments on all marketing applications for genetically modified food and feed.
In Germany, the competent authorities and public bodies responsible for carrying out the safety assessment of genetically modified food and feed have been set out in the Act enacting the regulations of the European Union in the field of genetic engineering. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is one of these authorities.
Tasks of the BfR Committee
The BfR Committee for Genetically Modified Food and Feed advises BfR on the food and feed safety of genetically modified organisms and products made from them. It participates in processing applications for marketing authorisation and preparing scientific opinions in response to queries from third parties, e.g. national ministries or sister agencies in other EU Member States. Furthermore, the Committee inputs its expertise into the further development of safety assessment guidelines and the harmonisation of test criteria by national and international bodies.
Members of the BfR Committee
Experts from universities and federal as well as Land institutions were appointed as members of the BfR Committee for Genetically Modified Food and Feed.