Marketing of pathogenic organisms (PO)

Legal bases and requirements

Marketing POs fundamentally requires a federal licence.

The legal requirements for marketing POs can be found in the corresponding product legislation (product-specific requirements), and in:


Competence for issuing licences and the applicable authorisation procedure depend on the product category (intended use of the POs). Competence and procedures are regulated in Article 26 of the Release Ordinance:

Biocidal products:

Plant protection products:

Import or transfer of particularly harmful organisms for agricultural crops and productive horticulture:

Other applications:

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

Authorisations (FOEN is the licensing authority)

Information on applications, status of procedures, any decisions

Last modification 30.06.2021

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