On 26 August 2016 a major milestone was reached in Liberia’s effort to establish a functional Biosafety system when a state- of the – art laboratory for GMO detection was dedicated in Monrovia. The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency along with the Minister of Commerce and Industry dedicated the facility. The program was attended by officials of government, the media, the private sector and UNFAO.
The laboratory is one of several outcomes under the Project “Support the Implementation of Liberia’s National Biosafety Framework” which is being financed by UNEP-GEF to enable Liberia put in place a functional Biosafety System. The main trust of the laboratory includes facilitating detection of genetically modified organisms that may be introduced into the Liberian environment, to ensure protection against potential adverse environmental effects as well as possible risks to human health.
The GMO Detection Laboratory which is located within the facility of the National Standards Laboratory facility under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was established through Memorandum of Understanding between the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry . Under the MOU, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry provided the lab facility and personnel whilst the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia was responsible to procure the equipment and train its personnel.