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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2020-10-05 10:31 UTC (NompumeleloM@daff.gov.za)
Date of last update
2020-10-05 10:37 UTC (NompumeleloM@daff.gov.za)
Date of publication
2020-10-05 10:38 UTC (NompumeleloM@daff.gov.za)

General information
Country submitting the decision or communication
  • South Africa
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the decision or communication
National Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Hamilton St, Harvest House Building
Pretoria, 0001
South Africa, P/Bag X973
Phone:+27 12 3196382
Fax:+27 12 3196298
Title / Reference number of the decision or communication
Conditional general release of maize MON87460
Date of the decision
Is the decision taken prior to entry into force of the Protocol?
Is this an amendment to a previous decision / communication?
Decision or communication details
Subject(s) of the decision
  • Decision on LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment (according to Article 10 or domestic regulatory framework)
Was the decision triggered by a request for a transboundary movement of LMOs into the country?
Does the decision apply to transboundary movements of LMO(s) into the country?
Importer’s or Applicant’s contact details
Monsanto South Africa (Pty) Ltd
South Africa
Result of the decision
  • Approval of the import and/or use of the LMO(s) with conditions
Import and export permits are still required for transboundary movement of this event. 

The procedure to follow is to complete the application form for importation or exportation of a GMO that has obtained general release or commodity clearance under the GMO Act. 

The applicant still needs to comply with any other relevant legislation in South Africa, with particular reference to phytosanitary requirements.

The application form for importation of a GMO that has general release or commodity clearance status in SA  and the application to export GMOs from South Africa are available on the website of the Department of Agriculture at https://www.dalrrd.gov.za/Branches/Agricultural-Production-Health-Food-Safety/Genetic-Resources/Biosafety/Services/Word-Application-Forms
MON87460 obtained conditional general release under the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Act, 1997 (Act No. 15 of 1997).
Does the decision involve field trials?
Does the decision involve commercial release?
LMO identification
MON-8746Ø-4 - Droughtgard™ Maize
Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin Tolerance to abiotic stress - Cold / Heat, Drought
Show detection method(s)
Risk assessment
Risk assessment for MON87460
MON-8746Ø-4 - Droughtgard™ Maize
Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Tolerance to abiotic stress - Cold / Heat, Drought
Decision document
Decision document