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Contained Use of GMOs and pathogens
Regulatory framework and procedures in the Walloon Region

(Last revised: February 14, 2011 )

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Contacts
* Regional Authorities                      * Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit
Documentation
* Forms to be used for notifications
Regulatory framework in force

* Decree of the Walloon Government of 4 July 2002 related to the contained use of genetically modified and/or pathogenic organisms (OJ 21.09.2002, p. 41711).
     (HTML version in French - PDF file in French - PDF file in Dutch)

* Decree of the Walloon Government of 5 June 2008 amending the Decree of the Walloon Government of 4 July 2002 related to the contained use of genetically modified and/or pathogenic organisms (OJ 26.06.2008, p. 32957). (HTML version in French - PDF file in French)

* Decree of the Walloon Government of 5 June 2008 (OJ 30.06.2008, p. 33316) related to the procedure and diverse enforcement measures of the Decree of 11 March 1999 concerning the environmental permit.
     (HTML version in French - PDF file in French)

* Decree of 11 March 1999 concerning the environmental permit (HTML version in French)

Procedures
* Procedures for contained uses

All installations performing activities in which pathogenic and/or genetically modified micro-organisms or organisms are involved must be notified to the regional competent authority and, according to the type of installation and the risk level of the activity, be subject to a preliminary written authorisation from this authority in the framework of the environmental permit. The regulatory framework in the Walloon Region is the "Arrêté du Gouvernement wallon du 4 juillet 2002 déterminant les conditions sectorielles relatives aux utilisations confinées d'organismes génétiquement modifiés ou pathogènes" (MB 21.09.2002, p. 41711). The Decree foresees that each request for an environmental permit for the above-mentioned installations shall contain a risk assessment of the contained use of GMOs and/or pathogenic organisms, according to the provisions and following the principles described in the Decree.
The risk assessment is submitted for advice by the notifier to the Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit (SBB), who acts as technical expert for the Region. The advice of the SBB must be attached to the permit request. The whole information that has to be given to notify a contained use activity represents the biosafety dossier. In order to facilitate the information and notification procedures and to limit at the minimum the administrative constraints for the notifiers, the SBB has developed notification forms and a user guide, on the basis of the requirements of the regional decree but also of the experience gained as regards implementation of this regulation.

Archives
* Decree of the Walloon Government of 13 June 1996 (repealed by the above-mentioned Decree of 4 July 2002) (HTML version in French)

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