The National Competent Authority will perform the following
a. Monitor the implementation of Biosafety policies, guidelines,
acts and rules on behalf of the NCB.
b. Provide a technical review of any application for lab research,
contained trial, confined trial, field trial, open field trial,
field release, introduction, use, and import and forward
recommendations to the
NCB for its consideration.
c. Provide technical comments or recommendations to NCB or the
government on policy, legal and technical issues of Biosafety as
and when requested for.
d. Review all existing bilateral and multilateral projects, and all
research that are now being undertaken among universities, research
institutes and private organizations.
e. Inspect and certify all laboratories and facilities engaged in
f. Coordinate biosafety aspects in public - private sector
partnership to ensure safety level in all biotechnological work
being carried out under such partnership.
g. Approve application for field trials that are renewals or repeat
applications from trials previously approved by the NCB.
h. BCC shall take decision safety of the food derived from GE
crops. BCC may invite relevant expert members to take decision on
i. BCC will meet, at least on a quarterly basis, and may meet
additionally as called upon by the Member Secretary or requested by
j. Coordinate the activities of institutional and field level
Biosafety committees (move to BCC).
k. BCC shall arrange inspection and evaluation of performance of
all laboratories engaged in research, development and demonstration
of GMOs as and when needed.
l. BCC may co-opt experts related to specific issues regarding
Biosafety as and when required.
BCC will meet, at least on a quarterly basis, and may meet
additionally to consider urgent matters.