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ColombiaGMOs/Innovative Biotechnology Regulations

Colombia

Dec 30, 2020

The Government of Colombia has shown its commitment to biosafety issues by implementing several measures since 1998 and was a leading country in formulating the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The biotechnological advances are moving much faster than the mechanisms that govern the diverse products such as the regulatory status of organisms or products derived from new molecular technologies such as synthetic biology or gene editing. Recent regulations include a procedure for the analysis of cultivars obtained by innovative biotechnological techniques such as gene editing, in order to determine if the final product contains or does not contain foreign genetic material, corresponding or not to a Living Modified Organism (LMO), and, consequently, determine whether the regulation of LMOs should apply.

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