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Competent National Authority
Record information and status
Record ID
45062
Status
Published
Date of creation
2008-05-06 10:41 UTC (Dubravka.Stepic@mzoip.hr)
Date of last update
2019-08-29 09:54 UTC (dubravka.stepic@mzoe.hr)
Date of publication
2019-08-29 09:54 UTC (dubravka.stepic@mzoe.hr)

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General information
Country
  • Croatia
Name of the Competent National Authority
Ministry of Environment and Energy
Coordinates
Coordinates
Ministry of Environment and Energy
Radnička road 80
Zagreb
Croatia, HR-10000
Phone:+385 1 486 6102
Fax:+385 1 486 6100
Email:ivana.jelenic@mzoe.hr
Url:http://www.mzoe.hr
Regulatory function
Administrative functions
  • Intentional introduction into the environment (AIA)
  • Public awareness and participation
  • Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Detailed description of the regulatory functions
According to the Act on Genetically Modified Organisms ("Official Gazette" No. 70/2005, 137/2009), the competent national authority responsible for performing expert and administrative activities, in case of deliberate release of GMOs into the environment, is the central state body responsible for nature protection in the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection.

The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection and its Directorate for Nature Protection has the following duties:
• Officially receives notifications for deliberate release of GMOs into the environment (e.g. in the case of field trials, for scientific research purpose and other non-commercial purposes).
• Issues the approval for deliberate release of GMOs into the environment, on the basis of the opinion which was previously obtained from the Committee for Release of GMOs into the Environment and accordingly issues a decision on the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment.
• Issues the approval to the final user of the GMO for which placement on the market for breeding purposes has been approved. The competent national body shall issue the breeding approval if all the prescribed requirements have been met, subject to prior approval from the central state administration bodies competent for health issues, agriculture, fisheries and rural development and forestry.
• Authorizes the legal persons responsible for producing risk assessments for deliberate release of GMOs into the environment, with the consent of the central state administration body responsible for health issues.
• Carries out inspection supervision activities over deliberate/unintended release of GMOs into the environment.
• In the case of unintentional transboundary movements of GMOs and urgent measures, the Ministry has to be notified and informed in accordance with the Article 17 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (art. 17(2)).
• In case of unplanned/uncontrolled spread of GMOs into the environment, the Ministry in cooperation with other competent national authorities approves the plan of measures to be applied in such cases;  brings and implements the program for removing the consequences of the uncontrolled spread of GMO into the environment.
• In case of unplanned spread of GMOs into the environment which might have significant negative consequences on biological diversity, environment and human health, the Ministry informs the states under risk or under potential risk, and when necessary, appropriate international organisations, and makes them available all information needed for determining appropriate measures through the BCH mechanism.
• Keeps and maintains a special register of GMOs in accordance with its jurisdiction and competence.

Also, the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection is the competent national authority responsible for implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity ("Official Gazette-International Agreements", No. 07/2002). Accordingly, the Cartagena National Focal Point (CPB NFP) and the BCH NFP have been designated within the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection.

Inspection supervision over activities related to deliberate release of GMOs is a responsibility of the Nature Protection Inspection (NPI), one of the Directorates within the Ministry. NPI is obliged to inspect cases of deliberate release of GMOs into the environment and to act accordingly in any situation where suspicion that a GMO or product containing and/or consisting of, or originating from GMOs is being released into the environment, or deposited into the environment in violation of the provisions of the GMO Act or of its Ordinances related to deliberate release of GMOs into the environment.


Types of LMOs under its jurisdiction
  • All types of organisms
Additional contact information
Contact person
Ms. Ivana Jelenić
Head, Sector of Biodiversity and Strategic Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Energy
Radnička cesta 80
Zagreb
Croatia, HR-10000
Phone:+385 1 486 6122
Fax:+385 1 486 6100
Email:ivana.jelenic@mzoe.hr
Ms. Dubravka Stepić
Senior Expert Advisor
Service for Biodiversity, Sector for Biodiversity and Strategic Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Energy
Radnička cesta 80
Zagreb
Croatia, HR-10000
Phone:+385 1 486 6146
Fax:+385 1 486 6100
Email:Dubravka.Stepic@mzoe.hr

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