Eidgenössische Ethikkommission für die Biotechnologie im Ausserhumanbereich EKAH

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About us

The Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety (SECB), a permanent federal advisory committee, advises the Federal Council and the federal agencies on the drafting of laws, ordinances, guidelines and recommendations.

It advises the federal and cantonal authorities on the enforcement of these regulations.

It issues statements on licence applications and publishes recommendations on safety measures for studies using genetically modified or pathogenic organisms.

Topics of the SECB

Contained systems (laboratories, greenhouses ...) and pathogenic or genetically modified organismsExperimental releases of genetically modified organisms (wheat, maize, potatoes)
Marketing of genetically modified or pathogenic organismsGene therapy (ex vivo and in vivo trials) 
Transport, import, export. Practical instructions for the transport, import and export of biological substances.

Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety SECB
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