On November 4th, China’s National People’s Congress voted through the “seed law” amendment. Important modifications about seed production and management were made on the new “seed law”, which will effect on January 1st, 2016.

This revised “seed law” keep the variety approval system, improves the main crop variety approval system which promotes the integration of seed breeding and commercialization. For the management of genetically modified seeds, the new “seed law” is clear on the GM varieties to track the supervision and information disclosure. And those approved genetically modified crops must get production and operation licenses, variety authorization, registration and other requirements.

To protect the national food security, the new “seed law” has clarified in the general part that in order to promote the healthy development of seed industry, it should add more seed security review mechanisms when having external cooperation.