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Law, Regulation or Guideline
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-01-25 05:27 UTC (CH-BCH)
Date of last update
2015-10-30 16:09 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 Act on the Protection of the Environment (Environmental Protection Act, EPA)
Legislative details
Type of document
  • Law
Subject areas
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Intentional introduction into the environment (AIA)
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
  • Transit
  • Plant propagation material
  • Plant protection products
  • Fertilizers
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The purpose of this law is to protect persons, animals and plants, their biological communities and habitats against harmful effects or nuisances.
It shall also contribute to maintaining biological diversity as well as soil fertility.

The law applies to all applications and uses of environmentally hazardous organisms including contained use, deliberate release into the environment, marketing as well as import, export and transit.
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