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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2007-09-18 08:43 UTC (cpbs.malta@era.org.mt)
Date of last update
2011-08-01 08:14 UTC (cpbs.malta@era.org.mt)
Date of publication
2011-08-01 08:15 UTC (cpbs.malta@era.org.mt)

General Information
  • Malta
  • Malta
Title of document
Deliberate Release into the Environment of Genetically Modified Organisms Regulations, 2010 (L.N. 485 of 2010 repealing L.N. 170 of 2002)
Legislative details
Type of document
  • Regulation or administrative measure
Subject areas
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Intentional introduction into the environment (AIA)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public awareness and participation
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
Transposition to Maltese Law of EU Directive 2001/18/EC on the Deliberate Release into the environment of genetically modified organisms

The legislation adopts a step-by-step approval process on a case-by-case assessment of the risks to human health and the environment before any GMO can be released into the environment.
Date of entry into force
Document details
Document text
English and Maltese Verison of LN 485 of 2010
Unofficial documents
Booklet- ReleaseGMOsEnvironment-21Dec05.pdf (239 KB)
Deliberate Release information booklet for applicants
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Mr. Darrin Stevens
Unit Manager
Unit C - Ecosystems Management, Environment Protection Directorate
Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA)
P.O. Box 200
Malta, MRS 1000
Phone:+356 2290 7101 / 7102
Fax:+356 2290 2295
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