The aim is to classify the risks to humans, animals and the environment according to categories. [November 30], the government discussed a situation analysis. The paper was produced by the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (Uvek) and Business, Education and Research (WBF). When adapting the genetic engineering law, the precautionary principle should apply, the agencies said.

This means that hazards and adverse effects of organisms produced from new genetic engineering processes must be identified before use …. Likewise, risk reduction measures must be taken.

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In 2019, the Federal Council intends to lay down key points for the adaptation of the legal basis and a consultation draft will follow by the end of 2019. In Switzerland, until 2021, a GM moratorium applies. The Genetic Engineering Act has been in force since 2004.