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									                                                                                                         The Bill                                                                      with or without condition(s), or a refusal. The shipment or delivery shall
                                                                                                                                                                                       only be arranged after the application has been approved.
                                                                                                                When commenced, the Bill will control the release into the
                                                                                                                                                                                            The approval will apply to all subsequent releases, after the GM
                                                                                                         environment and the transboundary movement of GMOs, and provide for
                                                                                                                                                                                       flower is approved and entered in the register. You may search the GMO
                                                                                                         related matters.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Register from the office of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
                                                                                                                Under the Bill, prior approval must be sought from the Director of
                                                                                                                                                                                       Department or from the Internet at www.afcd.gov.hk/GMO for the list of
                                                                                                         Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (the Director) before a GMO can
                                                                                                                                                                                       approved GMOs, before making an application.
                                                                                                         be released into the environment or imported into Hong Kong for release
                                                                                                         into the environment. A GMO is deemed to be released into environment
                                                                                                         if it is not in contained use and is exposed to a condition in which it may   Penalties
                                                                                                         grow or reproduce.                                                                 A person who knowingly releases or imports for release into
                                                                                                                                                                                       environment any unapproved GM flowers will be subject to a maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                       penalty of a fine of HK$100,000 and imprisonment for one year. Import
                                                                                                         How Are You Affected?                                                         or export of GM flowers without prescribed documents will be subject to

             Genetically                                                                                      Release of unapproved GM flowering plants may have adverse
                                                                                                         effects on the environment and will thus be prohibited by the Bill. As cut
                                                                                                                                                                                       a maximum penalty of a fine of HK$10,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     GM carnation



   Modified Organisms       Genetically Modified Flowers will be Regulated
                                                                                                         flowers of GM varieties may possess viable pollen, which can spread
                                                                                                         to the environment by wind or insects, placing GM cut flowers on the
                                                                                                                                                                                       GM flowers currently available in the international cut flower market
                                                                                                                                                                                       Company                    Species              Product name                 Description                                  Origin

(Control of Release) Bill
                                                                                                         market will be regarded as release into the environment and require prior
                                  The objective of the Genetically Modified Organisms (Control of                                                                                      Florigene Pty Ltd.         Carnation            Long vase life carnation     longer vase life                             Australia, EU
                                                                                                         approval. If you intend to import any GM flowers for sale or use as cut
                            Release) Bill is to implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Hong
                                                                                                         flowers, prior approval on the GM flowers will have to be sought from                                                         Moonshadow™                  intense mauve flower colour                   Australia, Japan, EU
                            Kong. The Protocol provides for the safe transfer, handling and use of
                                                                                                         the Director. In addition, prescribed documents shall accompany the                                                           Moonvista™                   dark blue-purple flower colour                Australia, Japan
                            genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that may have adverse effects on
                                                                                                         shipments containing approved GM flowers. Details of the documentation

  Genetically Modified
                            the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, including GM                                                                                                                                 Moonlite™                    violet flower colour                          Australia, Japan
                                                                                                         requirements will be specified in the Regulation to the Bill.                                                                  Moonshade™                   bluish purple flower colour                   Australia, Japan
                            flowers.
                                  Flowering plants genetically                                                                                                                                                                         Moondust™                    light mauve flower colour                     EU, Japan

               Flowers      modified to possess novel
                            traits that do not occur                                                     How to Apply for Prior Approval?                                                                         Rose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Moonaqua™
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       WKS82/130-9-1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pastel mauve/violet flower colour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mauve flower colour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Japan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Japan
                            naturally are now available in
                            the international market. These                                              Application                                                                   [* The above list may not be comprehensive and is for reference only.]
                            flowering plants contain genetic                                                  An application for approval of first release or import for release of
                            material introduced from other                                               GM flowers into the environment must be made on a specified form
                            species by the use of modern                                                 to the Director by mail or in person, and supported by the necessary
                            biotechnology. Examples of GM                                                documents, including a risk assessment report on the possible adverse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Enquiries
                            flowering plants include blue                                                biosafety effect of the GM flowers on the receiving environment. A                                                                                              Further details about the Bill, the approval application procedures, the
                            carnation and blue rose. These                                               prescribed fee (HK$14,250) has to be paid for the approval application.                                                                                          documentation requirements and information on GM flowers can be
                            new varieties are genetically                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             obtained from :
                            modified by the introduction of                                              Acknowledgement of Receipt of Application                                                                                                                                        Biodiversity Conservation Division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
                            pigment genes from Petunia                          tobacco                        Within 90 days after receiving an approval application, the Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government
                            hybrida and tobacco, to produce                                              will issue a written acknowledgement to the applicant confirming the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Address : 6/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices,
                            blue flowers. These GM flowering plants will be subject to regulation        receipt of the application and whether the application contains, on the                                                                                                           303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
                            under the Bill.                                                              face of it, the required information.                                                                                                                                                       Tel : 2150 6918
                                  On the other hand, flower varieties produced through traditional                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fax : 2314 2802
                            breeding and selection techniques, such as hybrid tea roses produced         Decision on Application                                                                                                                                                         Website : http://www.afcd.gov.hk/GMO
                            by cross-breeding of two different types of roses, are not GMOs and thus         A decision will be made with written notice from the Director, within                                                                                                           E-mail : biosafety@afcd.gov.hk
                            will not be regulated under the Bill.                                        270 days after receiving the application. The decision may be an approval
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          February 2010 Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

								
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