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Application for marketing of a product containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

If you wish to market a product containing live genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union, you must submit an application for authorisation to the competent authority of a Member State. If the product is is not intended for food, feed or medicinal products, the application for authorisation is in Finland submitted to the Board for Gene Technology.

Do the following

If you are planning to submit an authorisation application, contact the Board for Gene Technology.

To whom and on what terms

All EU Member States participate in the processing of the application and in practice, the approval process will take several years. If a product is granted marketing authorisation, it is always fixed-term.

If the trader is established in another EEA state and provides services in Finland on a temporary basis, they are required to have the same permits as the traders established in Finland.

A fee is charged for the service.

The Board for Gene Technology will charge a fee for processing the application.


Period of validity

The marketing authorisation for a product may be valid for a maximum of 10 years at a time.

Background information

Government Decree on Gene Technology (928/2004)

Government Decree on Chargeable Performances under the Gene Technology Act (1255/2018)

Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms (1105/2019)

Basic information

The service is provided byThe Board for Gene Technology
Responsible for the serviceThe Board for Gene Technology
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: The Board for Gene Technology
Updated: 8/3/2021