Ukrainain Parliament passed a law on strengthening control over GMO products

Posted on 2023-08-31

The Verkhovna Rada adopted  law "On state regulation of genetic engineering activities and state control over the circulation of genetically modified organisms and genetically modified products to ensure food safety."

Implementation of the Law will make it possible to achieve systemic compatibility of Ukrainian legislation with EU legislation in the field of handling GMOs, as the document is based on 8 main acts of European Union law in the field of GMOs. The law introduces European mechanisms for the state registration of GMOs, a ban is introduced on the cultivation and circulation of: GMO corn - permanently, GMO sugar beets and rapeseed - within 5 years from the date of entry into force of the Law.

Requirements for the use of the labels "with GMOs", "without GMOs", "produced from GMO raw materials" are also established in accordance with the norms of EU legislation. The consumer must be sure of the products he consumes and have the right to choose.

The State Register of GMOs, which is managed by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, is being created.

The implementation of the Law will contribute to increasing the efficiency and transparency of state regulation procedures in the field of handling GMOs, creating clear and transparent rules for conducting business related to GMOs, de-criminalizing the GMO market.

The law enters into force on the day following its publication, and is put into effect three years after its entry into force.