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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2010-09-21 07:44 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of last update
2020-07-16 14:31 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of publication
2020-07-21 07:04 UTC (nina.opitz@bmel.bund.de)

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General information
Country submitting the decision or communication
  • Germany
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the decision or communication
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
Mauerstrasse 39-42
Germany, 10117
Url:http://www.biosafety-bch.de (english language),BVL Homepage (English)
Title / Reference number of the decision or communication
6786-01-0147 (adv. 42010.0147); Decision regarding the deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified oilseed rape (Brassica napus ssp. oleifera (Metzg.) Sinsk.) NBM99-ClFatB4, NBM99-EnClFatB4, issued by the German Competent Authority
Date of the decision
Is the decision taken prior to entry into force of the Protocol?
  • Germany
Is this an amendment to a previous decision / communication?
Decision or communication details
Subject(s) of the decision
  • Decision on LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment (according Article 10 or domestic regulatory framework)
Was the decision triggered by a request for a transboundary movement of LMOs into the country?
Does the decision apply to transboundary movements of LMO(s) into the country?
Importer’s or Applicant’s contact details
Institut für landwirtschaftliche Kulturen
Bundesanstalt für Züchtungsforschung an Kulturpflanzen (BAZ)
Erwin-Baur-Str. 27
Germany, 06484
Phone:+49 (0)3946 47 701
Fax:+49 (0)3946 47 255
Result of the decision
  • Approval of the import/use of the LMO(s) with conditions
some confinement measures:
• minimum 6 m border row of non-genetically modified oil seed rape that flowers simultaneously
• minimum 100 m isolation distance to oilseed rape fields
• 200 m isolation distance in case no border rows are sown
• pollen compatible plants must be eliminated within the isolation distance before anthesis
• machines in contact with LMO must be cleaned after use in order to minimize the possibility of unintended loss and spillage of seeds
• fertile plant material must be carried in closed and clearly marked repositories; during transport any loss and spillage shall be avoided
• genetically modified oilseed rape seeds may be stored outside a laboratory only if stored in a closed and marked container. Inspection and control authorities must be informed about the storage site.
• border row plants may be destroyed after anthesis of the LMO but before seed maturity; if destroyed at seed maturity, these plants/seeds need to be handled as LMO seeds/plants.
• remaining fertile plant material must be destroyed. Remnants may be chopped and distributed on the release site. A 4-week period is obligatory before any soil-turning tillering. If necessary, irrigation shall be applied in order to support seed germination during these 4 weeks. Several shallow tillerings shall destroy any germinated oilseed rape seedlings before sawing of the next crop.
• no oilseed rape cultivation on this site including the border row area for at least 3 years. This site including a 10 m wide area outside the border row area must be thourougly controlled on the appearence of volunteers. These need to be destroyed before anthesis. In case of volunteers in the last year of monitoring, the oilseed cultivation is interrupted for another year.
control of release site and border row area for volunteers 1 year after end of experiments, volunteers have to be destroyed
note: not for food or feed purposes
In addition to the proceeding the notifier proposed in the notification, the specific conditions listed above are necessary and sufficient to ensure that the field trial remains restricted in time and space.
Does the decision involve field trials?
Does the decision involve commercial release?
LMO identification
Brassica napus modified for altered fatty acid metabolism
BAZ Changes in quality and/or metabolite content - Lipid and fatty acids Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Risk assessment
6786-01-0147 (adv. 42010.0147); Summary of the risk assessment of a deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified oilseed rape (Brassica napus subsp. oleifera) transformed with plasmids pNBM99-ClFatB4 and pNBM99-EnClFatB4, issued by the German Competent Authority
Brassica napus modified for altered fatty acid metabolism

Changes in quality and/or metabolite content - Lipid and fatty acids
Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Additional Information
Additional Information
-  type of decision: field trial
-  LMO: different independent lines transformed with either pNBM99-ClFatB4 or pNBM99-EnClFatB4
-  legal basis: Directive 2001/18/EC, Gentechnikgesetz (German Gene Technology Act)
-  scope: test of field performance of LMO
-  authorization valid from 16 May 2003 to 31 December 2006
-  locations: 1 experimental field located in 1 village in Germany; for details see German LMO/GMO location register ( http://apps2.bvl.bund.de/stareg_web/localeSwitch.do?language=en&page=/showflaechen.do?)
-  size: 7500 m²/year
-  max. 750.000 LMO/year

- There is a Summary Notification Information Format available on the Internet (WebSNIF) for B/DE/02/147