On 22-25 February 2018, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry organized a capacity-enhancement activity for additional/new set of regulators from the Bureau of Animal Industry. Experts from different agencies/industries were invited to share their knowledge and experiences with the participants in biosafety management of GM crops. Presentations included the basic and modern biotechnology and its products, history of regulations, the domestic and international laws that govern modern biotechnology, current trends and new and emerging breeding techniques. The activity aims to enhance the capability of new members of the Competent National Authorities to do safety assessment of agri biotech products, specifically those intended for food, feed and processing. The main features and information in the Biosafety Clearing House were also presented, which the regulators found useful as reference in their work.
The second half of the Workshop were devoted mainly to the conduct of safety assessment of applications for direct use consistent with the risk assessment tools of Codex Alimentarius and Annex III of the Protocol. The said activity is part of the continuing program of the government in building the capacity of regulators, raising awareness not only about the technology but more so on the guidelines and pertinent laws that govern biosafety management of agri biotech products.
Julieta Fe L. Estacio
Project Development Officer IV, DOST
Head Secretariat, NCBP and DOST-BC
and National Focal Point, BCH