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North Macedonia
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Food and Veterinary Agency (FVA)
Contact person name:
Lenche Jovanovska
Physical full address:
III Makedonska brigada No 20 Macedonia Tabak building 1000 Skopje
Phone number:
+389 2 2457 895
Fax number:
Country introduction

Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Water Economy and Food and Veterinary Agency are the competent authorities in the field of GMO in Republic of Macedonia. As a candidate country for EU membership Republic of Macedonia has aligned most of European legislation regarding the GMOs. Law on GMOs was adopted by the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, in 2008, as well as the bylaws deriving thereof. Food and Veterinary Agency is responsible for GMO food and feed. Rulebook on specific requirements for GMO food, labeling and traceability requirements of food products containing GMO food or consist of GMOs and requirements for traceability of food produced from GMOs, Book of rules on requirements and manner for authorization for placing on the market of GM feed and requirements for the use and placing of the market of the feed and requirements for placing on the market of feed which contains and/or consists of GMO, including bulk feed, use of the GM feed and traceability and requirements, and special requirements for special labeling are in force. The rulebooks are harmonized with European regulations (EC) 1829/2003 and 1830/2003, except provisions related to issuing of approvals for which there is a national book of rules.

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 does not have a structure for GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:
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 has never conducted safety assessment of GM food and will not (be able to) conduct such assessment in the near future.
Supplemental information on the implementation:
Stacked events
Regulation of 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 does not import any GM food or feed (banned).
Supplemental information on the production and trade:

Currently, in accordance with Article 55 of the Law on Amending the Law on Food Safety ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 187/13"), production, placing on the market, importation into the Republic of Macedonia of GM-food is prohibited. The provisions of this Article shall apply until the accession of the Republic of Macedonia to the European Union.

LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
Supplemental information on the LLP/AP incidents:

The Food and Veterinary Agency carries out official controls to determine the implementation of the ban and implements a sub-program for the control of GMO foods within the Annual Food Safety Monitoring Program.

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
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