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The Biosafety Advisory Council (BAC) is one of the two pillars (with the Service Biosafety and Biotechnology - SBB) of the scientific evaluation system that has been set up in Belgium to advise the Federal and Regional competent authorities about the biosafety of activities involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and/or pathogens.
 
The Council is composed of 12 effective and 12 substitute members designated by the different Regional and Federal competent authorities. It is assisted in its scientific work by external experts from academic institutions and by the SBB. The secretariat of the Council is ensured by the SBB.


The Council advises the authorities for all regulatory dossiers related to the deliberate release of GMOs in the environment or the placing on the market of GMOs and GMO-based products. The Council can be consulted by the Regions for contained activities involving GMOs and/or pathogens (i.e. activities taking place in laboratories, greenhouses, animal husbandries, production plants or hospital rooms).

Latest news

Advice on application EFSA-GMO-NL-2018-153 (genetically modified soybean GMB151) from BASF intended for import and processing, food and feed
Activity Report for 2020 of the Biosafety Advisory Council (in Dutch or in French)
Advice on dossier B/BE/21/V1​: Field trial (VIB) involving GM poplars with altered wood composition
Advice on application EFSA-GMO-RX-017 (genetically modified maize maize MON 88017 x MON 810) from Bayer Agriculture BVBA intended for import and processing, food and feed
Advice on dossier B/BE/20/BVW5​​​​​ Phase 1b clinical trial (Nouscom srl) involving a GM adenovirus (GAd) and a GM Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara (MVA)
Advice on dossier B/BE/20/BVW4​​​​: Phase 3 clinical trial (Pfizer Inc.) with a GM adeno-associated virus (AAV)
Advice on applic​ation EFSA-GMO-NL-2016-132​​​: Soybean DAS-81419-2 × DAS-44406-6 (Dow AgroSciences LLC) intended for import and processing, food and feed
Advice on applic​ation EFSA-GMO-NL-2017-139​​​: Maize MON87427 × MON87460 × MON89034 × 1507 × MON87411 × 59122 (Monsanto) intended for import and processing, food and feed
Advice on application EFSA-​GMO-RX-016​​​: Maize Bt11 (Syngenta) intended for import and processing, food and feed
Advice on application EFSA-GMO-NL-2015-127​​​: Maize 1507 x MON810 x MIR162 x NK603 (Pioneer) intended for import and processing, food and feed