In Europe, plants bred using genetic engineering methods are subject to strict legal regulations. This applies not only to the so-called genetically modified organisms into which genes from other species have been introduced. In 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that all plants bred using newer molecular biological methods such as Crispr genetic scissors also fell under strict genetic engineering guidelines. This is also the case if the organisms are not genetically modified and genetic changes cannot be distinguished from natural mutations.