Food safety and quality
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Focal Point Information

Organization/agency name (Full name):
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Contact person name:
Pat O'Mahony
Physical full address:
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland THE EXCHANGE GEORGE'S DOCK I.F.S.C. DUBLIN 1 D01 P2V6
Phone number:
353 1 8171300
Fax number:
353 1 8171207
Country introduction

As a Member State of the European Union (EU) Ireland implements EU law including that relating to GM food and feed as well as the deliberate release of GMOs.

In the summer of 2018, the Irish Government approved the transposition of Directive 2015/412 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which will enable Ireland to opt out of the cultivation of GM crops that are approved for cultivation in the EU. The Government will keep the policy on GMO cultivation under review in light of scientific developments in this sector.

Regulatory framework:
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
Supplemental information:

The regulatory framework for GM food in Ireland is aligned to that of the European Union and responsibility in the EU for GM food safety assessments for authorisation purposes lies with the European Food Safety Authority

Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country does not conduct safety assessment of GM food and we do not plan to develop any guidelines for GM food safety assessment.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country does not regularly conduct food safety assessment of GM food, but has conducted at least once in the past.
Supplemental information on the implementation:

Responsibility in the EU for GM food safety assessments for authorisation purposes lies with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
Supplemental information on the stacked events:

Irelands position on stacked products is aligned with EU policy.

Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country does not produce any GM food or feed.
GM food/feed imports:
My country allows imports GM food or feed upon authorization.
Supplemental information on the production and trade:


LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
I do not know if my country has faced any LLP/AP issues in the last 10 years.
Supplemental information on the LLP/AP incidents:
Labelling requirement
Labelling requirement:
My country has a mandatory and positive labeling regulation on GM food (i.e., It contains GMO).
Supplemental information on the Labelling requirement:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Other relevant documents:
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