Monitoring genetically modified organisms

The FOEN is mandated by law to establish a monitoring system to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment. For that purpose, it carries out surveys and targeted investigations and develops suitable methods of recognising possible hazards to the environment or impairments of biodiversity.

Legal bases and practical recommendations for handling genetically modified organisms in the environment

The legal bases for monitoring genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment can be found in the Release Ordinance (RO, SR 814.911) and various sections of the Containment Ordinance (ContainO, SR814.912).

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Biotechnology: Indicators

Assessing and illustrating the status and trends of the environment with a selection of key sizes.

Annual reports

In 2015, individual genetically modified (GM) rapeseed plants were found at already known locations, but were also discovered at a new site.

In 2014, individual genetically modified (GM) rapeseed plants were found at previously known locations.

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