Food safety and quality
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E-mail:
Country:
Armenia
Organization/agency name (Full name):
State Service for Food Safety of the Ministry of A
Contact person name:
Satenik Kharatyan
Website:
Physical full address:
49/2 Komitas ave., 0051, Yerevan, RA
Phone number:
(+374 91) 779074
Fax number:
(+374 10) 204590
Country introduction
Summary:

My country is in the process in developing a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Furthermore, Armenia is working to approximate the regulatory framework in food standards and safety with the EAEU legal framework and very closely to a European approach and there are agreement on cooperation between tհe CIS member states in the field of conservation of the genetic resources of agricultural crops and use of the genetic resources of cultivated plants.

Framework
Regulatory framework:
My country is in the process in developing a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country is in the process in developing a structure for GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:

Armenia started do researches in this field since formation of State Service for the food Safety institution. The draft of the law on ''Bisoafety use of GMO-s'' currently in circulation.

Have been developed draft Law of the Republic of Armenia "On Genetically Transformed Organisms", deriving from it: "On the Protection of Plant Varieties", "On Seeds", "On Food Safety", "On State Control of Food Safety", "On Organic Agriculture", "Plant World" , "Fodder Law" Draft Amendments to the Law. 

Some referenses realted to use and import of GM food:

According to the law on ''Food Safety''

. it is not allowed to produce and use GM food.

. it is not allowed to import food for special need (use) wich contains GM component.

. imported food wich contains GM component or substance must be labeled.

Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
Assessment
GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country does not conduct safety assessment of GM food but the country has, or the country is in the process of developing national/regional guidelines that are not in line with the Codex Guidelines in conducting safety assessment of GM food.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country has never conducted food safety assessment of GM food but is planning to conduct such assessment in the near future.
Supplemental information on the implementation:

There has never been conducted a safety assessment of any GM crops in the past.

Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
My country is in the process of developing relevant regulations on stacked events.
Supplemental information on the stacked events:
Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country does not produce any GM food or feed.
GM food/feed imports:
My country may import GM food or feed and there is no authorization process.
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 is in the process of developing regulations/policies on GM food labeling.
Supplemental information on the Labelling requirement:

Since June 26, 2020, EAEU products to be marked with GMO label if genetically modified organisms used in their manufacturing.

On 26 June of 2020 the Eurasian Economic Union countries ended the transition period for enacting amendments made to the Union's Technical Regulation "Marking of food products" concerning GMO marking of food products manufactured using genetically modified organisms. The amendments were adopted by the Decision of the Commission’s Council No. 90 dated December 20, 2017 and came into force on December 26, 2018.

 Starting from June 26, 2020, the marking of food products manufactured using genetically modified organisms should have GMO label next to the Eurasian Economic Union conformity mark ("EAC") identical in shape and size.

If a manufacturer did not use genetically modified organisms in manufacturing food products, then their content in such products not exceeding 0.9 percent is considered an accidental or technically non-removable impurity. These goods are not classified as containing GMO and they do not need to be marked with relevant information.

Circulation of food products manufactured using genetically modified organisms without GMO marking but indicating required information determined by the Union’s technical regulation is allowed during such food product shelf life established by the manufacturer.

Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Other relevant documents:
Country information last modified:
19/02/2021