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Viet Nam
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development
Contact person name:
Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy
Physical full address:
2, Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Phone number:
+84 08044643
Fax number:
+83 4 38433637
Country introduction

The process for authorizing a GM food, feed is based on the Vietnam regulation on GM food and feed (Circular No. 02/2014/TT-BNNPTNT). An application for authorizing food, feed derived or made from a GM plant must be submitted to national authorities (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development-MARD). The national authority proceeds prior review the dossier/application and makes the application summary report available to the public. The authority then sends the application to the Food, Feed Safety Committee (FFSC) members for reviewing and risk assessment. FFSC is inter-ministerial committee established by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in order to consult to MARD’s minister for issuance, revocation the Food, feed safety Certificate. Once FFSC performing the risk assessment (desktop reviewing), the public has 30 days to comment on MARD website for application. Within 180 days of receiving the appropriate application, FFSC complete the assessment and submit the final report to the national authority/MARD under Circular 02/2014/TT-BNNPTNT. Within 30 days receiving FFSC comment and conclusion, the national authority grants or refuses to issuing certificate.

Safety regulations have derived based upon the internationally established scientific guidelines and principles of Codex Alimentarius Commission, FAO, WHO and OECD.

FFSC does not separately assess food, feed from stacked event lines where food, feed from the GM parental events has already been approved separately; Mandate notification of stacked events by developers.

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:
Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
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:
Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
In my country, GM food/feed that contains stacked event(s) is not considered as a new product.
Supplemental information on the stacked events:
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:
LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
My country has not faced any LLP/AP situations 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:

From January 8, 2016, prepackaged genetically modified (GM) foods traded in Vietnam must be labeled “genetically modified”, according to Joint Circular No. 45/2015/TTLT- BNNPTNT-BKHCN issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Science and Technology on November 23.

Subject to this Circular are food products containing at least one GM ingredient making up over five percent of their total ingredients.

Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
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