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Risk Assessment
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Record ID
Date of creation
2013-06-24 08:37 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of last update
2013-08-16 08:06 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of publication
2013-09-19 07:40 UTC (222@bmel.bund.de)

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General Information
  • Germany
Title of risk assessment
Statement of the ZKBS on the risk assessment of the ARSOlux test system
Date of the risk assessment
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the risk assessment
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
Mauerstrasse 39-42
Germany, 10117
Url:http://www.biosafety-bch.de (english language),BVL Homepage (English)
Contact details of the main responsible risk assessor
Geschäftsstelle der ZKBS
Secretariat of the Central Commission on Biological Safety (ZKBS)
Genetic Engineering
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
Mauerstrasse 39-42
Germany, 10117
Phone:+49 3018 444 40000
Fax:+49 3018 444 40099
Url:BVL Homepage (English)
Methodology and points to consider
Receiving environment(s) considered
genetic engineering operation in contained use
Additional Information
Additional Information
The Central Biosafety Commission (ZKBS - Zentrale Kommission für die Biologische Sicherheit) is an expert scientific committee made up of 20 members and 20 deputy members, who represent different specialist areas or spheres of corporate interest. Its offices are based at the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL - Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit). Its members and deputy members are appointed by the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV - Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbrauch-erschutz) for three years. The ZKBS evaluates genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for possible risk potential, assigns genetic engineering operations to a biosafety level and recommends suitable safety measures. The german federal states obtain ZKBS position statements for genetic engineering operations in safety categories 3 and 4 and for operations in a lower safety category, whose classification is not clear. The ZKBS also evaluates approval applications for releases and for the placing of GMOs on the market and also issues a report to the BVL. An activity report is published annually.
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