El Salvador: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual 2014
On April 30th, 2008, El Salvador abolished Article 30 of the Planting Seed Law that required imported seeds to have a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the seeds did not contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). El Salvador ratified the Cartagena Protocol in 2003. The Environment Law, effective since 1998 provides guidance on assessing the environmental impact of GMOs. Even though there is no legal impediment to use of GMOs and GMO corn field trials have been successfully completed, El Salvador's Ministry of Environment has not completed the necessary steps of the regulatory framework for their safe use and commercialization.