Experimental releases of alien invasive plants

The Release Ordinance prohibits the direct handling in the environment of certain alien invasive animals and plants. However, the Federal Office for the Environment may approve exceptional cases. Applications for such exceptions come to the SECB for its opinion. The SECB has so far approved all the applications submitted – sometimes with conditions. The SECB’s conditions are integrated into the exceptional licence issued by the FOEN.

Information from the FOEN on exceptional licences under Art. 15 Release Ordinance

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Last edition: 20.09.2018


Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety (SECB)
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