The EUs authorisation procedure
, including the scientific evaluation of substances, should be based only on published, peer-reviewed and independent studies commissioned by competent public authorities, MEPs said.
It is concerned that the authorisation procedure
lacks the required proportionality with regard to objectives of public policy or security.
Warnings from Brussels in May and December 1998 did not lead to appropriate changes, and no legislative instrument or draft has yet clearly demonstrated that the authorisation procedure
is appropriate and proportionate, according to the Commission.
The regulation concerns feed containing transgenic material for which an authorisation procedure
is pending in the EU or for which an authorisation has expired.
Meanwhile, the court has declared an illegal restriction of trade France's insistence on a prior authorisation procedure
for imported homeopathic medicines lawfully sold in other EU member states.
The regulation anticipated by the European Commission "establishes the sampling and analysis methods for the official monitoring of animal feed with regard to the presence of genetically modified material for which an authorisation procedure
is underway or whose authorisation has expired".
On imports, the European proposal would oblige member states to check that the country of import has also applied an authorisation procedure
The six GM maize concerned received, between February 2009 and September 2009, a positive safety assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and underwent the full authorisation procedure
set out in the EU legislation(1).
The debate was retriggered with Health Commissioner John Dalli's plans to present, on 7 or 13 July, a proposal that would allow the member states to prohibit the planting of GMOs in exchange for simplification of the authorisation procedure
As an introduction to the debate, the Swedish EU Presidency had asked three questions requiring delegations to voice their opinion on the possibility of introducing a centralised authorisation procedure
, on the integration of exclusion criteria into the new regulation and finally on extending the scope of the existing regulation to include products and materials that have been treated with biocide products.
These Monsato varieties received a positive assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and underwent the full authorisation procedure
set out in EU legislation.
Other member states agreed to implement an authorisation procedure
at European level which should help fill the legal void: cloned meat can currently be marketed freely.