The Danish Environmental Protection Agency administrate the environmental regulation regarding contained use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in research, production and transportation.

Denmark regulates the contained use of GMO in respect to the national law of environment and gene technology.

The purpose of the law is to protect the nature and the environment such that the development of the society can happen in a sustainable way in respect to human living conditions and to preserve the animal and plant life. The law also assist in the protection of the human health in relation to gene technology.

The law of use of GMOs in Denmark harmonizes with the laws concerning the use of GMOs in other EU-countries. The Danish law has a broader application area as it also includes regulation of contained use of genetically modified plant and animals, and also transport thereof.

The Danish law of environment and gene technology is a national implementation of the European Directive 2009/41/EC about contained use of GMOs.

Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC is administrated by the Agriculture Agency.

The hyperlinks in the green box to the right will direct you to the web site known as “Retsinformation”. This is the legal online information system, which gives access to law, executive orders and departmental notices etc. as well as documents from The Danish Parliament (the Folketing) and the parliamentary commissioner’s statements.

Directives from EU

More information on the legislation from EU including more elaborate notes can be found at the EU commissioner’s web site.

The EPA charge a fee when processing approvals and inspections in relation to production with GMOs.