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2011-12-26 06:36 UTC (warrier@nic.in)
Date of last update
2018-03-02 14:07 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)
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2018-03-02 14:07 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

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  • India
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Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
The Ministry of Environment & Forests is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government, for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of environmental and forestry programmes. The Ministry is also the nodal agency for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.  MoEF has notified the "Rules for the Manufacture, Use/Import/Export and Storage of Hazardous Micro Organisms/ Genetically Engineered Organisms or Cells through Notification No. 621 in Official Gazette of Govt. of India on December 5, 1989 under the provisions of the EPA with a view ensure sound application of biotechnology making it possible to accrue benefits arising from modern biotechnology while minimizing the risks to environment and human health.

These rules and regulations commonly referred as 'Rules 1989' cover areas of research as well as large scale applications of GMOs and their products including experimental field trials and seed production.

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee serviced by MoEF is the apex body to grant approval for large scale use and environmental release of GMOs. Information on the biosafety regulations in India and decision of the apex body are hosted on this website.    
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