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E-mail:
teresa.carrilho@dgav.pt
Country:
Portugal
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Direção Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária
Contact person name:
Teresa Carrilho
Website:
Physical full address:
Tapada da Ajuda, Edificio 1, Piso 6, 1349-018 Lisboa
Phone number:
213613257
Fax number:
213613258
Country introduction
Summary:

 

Portugal is a Member State of the European Union and the regulation of GM foods takes place at EU level. Safety assessments are carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Assessments include a detailed study of potential for toxic, nutritional and allergenic effects. During the evaluation of applications EFSA consults the Competent Authorities of the Member States. Authorizations are issued by the European Commission on an EU-wide  basis, under Regulation 1829/2003.

 

Framework
Regulatory framework:
My country has a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country has competent authority, agency, organization, ministry, department, committee, commission or a system/mechanism that is tasked to conduct or review GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:

As a Member State of the European Union, Portugal is under the european regulatory framework, for which GMO food safety assessment is carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), under Regulation 1829/2003.

Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
Assessment
GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country follows the relevant Codex Guidelines or national/regional guidelines that are in line with the Codex Guidelines in conducting safety assessment of GM food.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country regularly conducts food safety assessment of GM food.
Supplemental information on the implementation:

Same as above.

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

Portugal is a Member State of the European Union and the regulation of stacked events takes place at EU level. Safety assessments are carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) according to Implementation Regulation 503/2013.

Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country produces GM food or feed for commercial and research purposes.
GM food/feed imports:
My country allows imports GM food or feed upon authorization.
Supplemental information on the production and trade:

In Portugal there is import of only EU approved events.

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:
Not applicable.
Supplemental information on the Labelling requirement:

As a member of EU, Portugal does not have own labeling regulation on GM food/feed. Yet there is mandatory and positive labeling under Regulations 1829 and 1830/2003

Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Other relevant documents:
Country information last modified:
31/10/2017