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Commercial release of GMOs in the environment: Regulatory procedures

The roles and interventions of the Council in the regulatory procedure for notifications submitted for the environmental release of a GMO for placing on the market under Part C of the Royal Decree of 21/02/2005 implementing Directive 2001/18/EC are summarised in the diagram on the right side.

For the scientific evaluation of these dossiers and in addition to the abovementioned Decree, the Council can refer to several guidelines applicable to higher plants and/or other (micro-)organisms, listed on the Belgian Biosafety Server.