The Directorate for Nature Managment undertakes expert assessments regarding genetically modified higher plants, animals and micro-organisms. The Agency for Health and Social Welfare undertakes expert assessments regarding contained use.
Relevant Laws/ Regulations/ Rules
The Act relating to the production and use of genetically modified organisms (Gene Technology Act) entered into force onApril 2, 1993. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the production and use of genetically modified organisms takes place in an ethically and socially justifiable way, in accordance with the principle of sustainable development and without detrimental effects on health and the environment. The responsibility for the act are shared between the Ministry for Environment (deliberate releases) and the Ministry for Health and SocialAffaires (contained use).
As part of the EEA-agreement (European Economic Area) between EFTA (European Free-Trade Area) and the EU, Norway has implemented the Directive 90/220/EEC on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms.
Information Resources: OECD BioTrack