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Mar 20, 2010

Turkey's New BioSafety Law

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Services office in the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey has issued a report on Turkey's new biosafety law.

The new Turkish biosafety law was approved by Turkish Parliament on 18 March 2010.  It will become law in the forthcoming weeks, after the President of Turkey signs it.

The new law has been approved to oversee "the production, sale and import of all products of, containing, or derived from biotechnology except for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics." The law provides a framework that will be implemented over a six month time period.  Detailed regulations will decide many related issues and these must be issued in the next three months. 

It remains unclear how this new law will change the current legal framework which is regulated by the 29 Oct. 2009 "Regulation on the Import, Processing, Export, Control and Inspection of Food and Feed Products Bearing GMOs and GMO Components.”

The GAIN report includes a chronology of events leading to the passage of the law, as well as text of the actual law.

For more see: "Turkey Biotechnology Update," GAIN Report, Ankara, Turkey: U.S. Embassy, Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S.D.A., 19 March 2010.

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