The 2010 GMO Amendment was adopted as an amendment to the Aarhus Convention in 2005. It puts in place requirements for public participation in decisions concerning the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms. These requirements are more specific than the general requirements concerning public participation which apply to other issues covered by the Aarhus Convention. The requirements of the Amendment are consistent with EU Directive 2001/18/EC on the Deliberate Release of GMOs, implemented in Ireland by the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) Regulations 2003 and, therefore, no further legislative amendments were necessary to provide for ratification of the amendment.
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