Proposed changes regulations of China on genetically modified organisms may further delay the already long process of permission for the import of new GM crops, said the industry Association CropLife crop Asia.
The Ministry of agriculture of China announced plans to change regulations on GMOs in the last month, is considered an attempt to reassure consumers concerned about the pollution standard products genetically modified.
Changes open for public comment until 24 may include removal of fixed dates for submission and consideration of new GM crops, which will likely lead to further delays for companies producing seeds, said CropLife, whose members include Monsanto, Bayer CropScience and DuPont.
Representatives of the Association stated that there are some concerns about the amendments to articles 16 and 22, which are likely to have a significant negative impact on the timeliness, predictability and transparency of the Chinese agricultural system in the process of issuing permits for biotechnology.
The current legislation provides for three terms for the authorization of GM crops each year to 1 March, 1 July and 1 November. During each term the Committee Biosafety Committee meets to consider the applications. Later the Ministry of agriculture issued an official resolution on the basis of the decision of the Committee.
The new version of the law does not include such fixed dates in order to consider the applications, and contains the clause that the Ministry would consider "scientific, economic and social factors in decision making.
China, the world's largest importer of soybeans, spends the last time more time for the issuance of permits for new biotech crops amid fears of the public about GM foods.
It took five years to get permission for a variety of GM corn, Syngenta, known as MIR162, and seven years to get permission to soy LL55 Liberty Link the company Bayer.
Translated by the service "Yandex.Translation"