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Date of creation
2012-01-07 08:00 UTC (enjeru@biosafetykenya.go.ke)
Date of last update
2013-05-10 07:07 UTC (jmuchiri@biosafetykenya.go.ke)
Date of publication
2013-05-10 07:37 UTC (dogoyi@biosafetykenya.go.ke)

General Information
  • Kenya
Title of document
The Biosafety Act No.2 of 2009
Legislative details
Type of document
  • National Law
Subject areas
  • All functions pursuant to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  • Capacity Building
  • Competent National Authorities and National Focal Points
  • Confidential Information
  • Contained use
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Human and/or Animal Health
  • Illegal transboundary movements
  • Information Sharing
  • Intentional introduction into the environment (AIA)
  • Liability and redress
  • LMOs for direct use as feed
  • LMOs for direct use as food
  • LMOs for processing
  • Public awareness and participation
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Simplified Procedure
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
  • Transit
  • Unintentional transboundary movements and emergency measures
  • Other
Types of LMOs addressed
  • Animals
    • Invertebrates
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Plants
  • Viruses
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The objects of this Act are -

(a) to facilitate responsible research into, and minimize the risks that
may be posed by, genetically modified organisms;

(b) to ensure an adequate level of protection for the safe transfer,
   handling and use ofgenetically modified organisms that may have an adverse effect on the health of the people and the environment; and

(c) to establish a transparent,science - based and predictable process for reviewing and making decisions on the transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms and related activities.

Scope of the Act: (1) The requirements of this Act are in addition to the
  requirements imposed by any other Act.

(2) This Act shall not apply to genetically modified organisms that are
    pharmaceuticals for human use.
Date of entry into force
Document details
Document text
Information about document text
The Biosafety Act No. 2009 is posted at National Biosafety Authority's website (http://www.biosafetykenya.go.ke)
No ammendments to date.
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
National Biosafety Authority
Red Hill Road
Nairobi, Nairobi
Kenya, 28251--00100
Phone:+254 202678667
Url:National Biosafety Office - Kenya