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Competent National Authority
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2020-04-16 10:32 UTC (jnjagi@biosafetykenya.go.ke)
Date of publication
2020-04-16 12:02 UTC (mutui@biosafetykenya.go.ke)

General information
  • Kenya
Name of the Competent National Authority
Public Health Department
Public Health Department
Phone:(+254) (20) 2717077
Url:Public Health Department
Regulatory function
Administrative functions
  • Advises the National Biosafety Authority during the review of GM applications on safety of food meant for human consumption including food aid and locally produced and marketed, imported and exported food.
  • The Agency submits monitoring reports on GMOs released to the environment.
Detailed description of the regulatory functions
Public Health Department is a regulatory agency that ensures safety and quality of food meant for human consumption through:

•Safeguarding the health of consumers through food safety and quality control, surveillance,  prevention and control of food borne diseases/illnesses. 
•Management and prevention of food hazards along the value chains
•Sampling of food for laboratory analysis and/or examination
•Issuance of food import permits and food export certificates.
•Food control at ports of entry and exit.
•Inspection of food; and inspection and licensing of food establishments
•Implementation of food safety standards.
Types of LMOs under its jurisdiction
  • Food
Additional contact information
Contact person
Mr. Robert Kilonzo
Deputy Director
Divison of Food safety and Quality
Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS)
Afya House,
Cathedral Road,
Nairobi, Nairobi
Kenya, 00100