Scientific Opinion on a request from the European Commission for the assessment of the new scientific elements supporting the prolongation of prohibition of the placing on the market of maize MON 863 for food and feed purposes in Austria


Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2013;11(11):3454 [11 pp.].
Panel Members
Salvatore Arpaia, Andrew Nicholas Edmund Birch, Andrew Chesson, Patrick du Jardin, Achim Gathmann, Jürgen Gropp, Lieve Herman, Hilde-Gunn Hoen-Sorteberg, Huw Jones, József Kiss, Gijs Kleter, Martinus Lovik, Antoine Messéan, Hanspeter Naegeli, Kaare Magne Nielsen, Jaroslava Ovesná, Joe Perry, Nils Rostoks, Christoph Tebbe

The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Standing Working Groups on Molecular Characterisation and Environmental Risk Assessment on GMO Applications and, among these, Sirpa Kärenlampi, for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion, and the hearing expert John Threlfall (BIOHAZ Panel) and EFSA staff: Ana Gomes, Yi Liu and Sylvie Mestdagh, for the support provided to this scientific opinion.

Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
23 October 2013
Published in the EFSA Journal
12 November 2013
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy

Austria notified the European Commission of its new scientific elements justifying the prolongation for three additional years of the implementation of a national safeguard measure prohibiting the placing on the market of genetically modified maize MON 863 in Austria. Subsequently, the European Commission asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to assess the new scientific information supporting the prolongation of the prohibition. Having considered the information provided by Austria and all relevant scientific publications, the EFSA Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) concluded that the new scientific elements submitted by the Austrian Authorities do not lead EFSA to reconsider the conclusions in its opinions on maize MON 863.

GMOs, maize (Zea mays L.), MON 863, safeguard clause, human and animal health, environment, Directive 2001/18/EC
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