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Competent National Authority
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2018-03-29 05:42 UTC (musakwehangana@gmail.com)
Date of last update
2020-09-03 20:53 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2020-09-03 20:53 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
  • Uganda
Name of the Competent National Authority
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
Plot 6, Kimera Road
Uganda, P.O. Box 6884
Phone:+256 414 705500
Fax:+256 414 234579
Url:Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
Regulatory function
Administrative functions
  • 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
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public awareness and participation
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Simplified Procedure
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
  • Transit
  • Unintentional transboundary movements and emergency measures
Detailed description of the regulatory functions
Under the UNCST act, UNCST approves the research, development, testing and use of a Genetically engineered organisms in Uganda; updates and informs the National Focal Point on matters relating to genetic engineering; ensures safety of genetic engineering to human health, animal health and the environment during research, development, testing and use; ensures enforcement of necessary measures to avoid adverse effects on the environment, biological diversity, human health, animal health and on socioeconomic conditions arising from genetic engineering and its products; maintains a registry and database of genetic engineering activities; liaises with the appropriate government agencies to prescribe the standards for regulating genetic engineering and GMOs; advises Government on matters of genetic engineering; inspects and monitors any person or activity authorized to undertake GMO research and development; creates and promotes awareness and education concerning the activities regulated and coordinates public participation.
Types of LMOs under its jurisdiction
  • All types of organisms
Additional contact information
Contact person
Mr. Musa Kwehangana
Biosafety Officer
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)
Plot 6 Kimera Road, Ntinda
Phone:+256 414 705500,+256 785 118392
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