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Date of creation
2005-01-25 05:27 UTC (CH-BCH)
Date of last update
2015-10-30 16:02 UTC (eric.wiedmer@natureconsult.ch)
Date of publication
2019-07-05 13:02 UTC (annegabrielle.wuestsaucy@bafu.admin.ch)

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General Information
  • Switzerland
Title of document
Federal Law relating to Non-human Gene Technology
Legislative details
Type of document
  • Law
Subject areas
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The purpose of this law is:
a. to protect humans, animals and the environment from abuses of gene
b. to serve the welfare of humans, animals and the environment in the
application of gene technology.

This law applies to the handling of genetically modified animals, plants and other organisms, as well as their metabolites and wastes. For products obtained from genetically modified organisms, only the regulations on
labelling and provision of public information apply (Art. 17 und 18).
Date of entry into force
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
Switzerland, CH-3003
Phone:+41 58 463 83 44
Fax:+41 58 464 79 78
Url:Federal Office for the Environment FOEN