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Record ID
Date of creation
2005-01-24 08:39 UTC (igeingos@mec.gov.na)
Date of last update
2018-03-07 08:16 UTC (vnowaseb@ncrst.na)
Date of publication
2018-03-07 08:16 UTC (vnowaseb@ncrst.na)

General Information
  • Namibia
  • Namibia
Title of document
Biosafety Act
Legislative details
Type of document
  • National Law
Subject areas
  • Contained use
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Intentional introduction into the environment (AIA)
  • LMOs for direct use as feed
  • LMOs for direct use as food
  • LMOs for processing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
  • Transit
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The objectives of this Act are:

(a) to introduce a system and procedures for the regulation of genetically modified organisms in Namibia in order to provide an adequate level of protection to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity,
taking into account;
   (i) potential risks to the health and safety of humans and harmful consequences to the environment posed by genetically modified organisms or genetically modified products; and
   (ii) social, cultural, ethical and economic considerations;
Provided that lack of scientific knowledge due to insufficient relevant scientific information or scientific consensus should not be interpreted as indicating a particular level of risk, or absence of risk, or an acceptable risk; and

(b) to provide a framework for responsible research, development and the use of genetic engineering and to manage the risks posed by or as a result of gene technology by regulating activities involving the development, production, use, import, export, transport, release into the environment, marketing and other uses of genetically modified organisms and genetically modified products.

This Act is applicable to the following activities involving a GMO or GMO product, namely:

(a) the import of a GMO or GMO product;
(b) the export of a GMO or GMO product;
(c) the release into the environment of a GMO or GMO product;
(d) the contained use of a GMO or GMO product;
(e) the placing on the market of a GMO or GMO product;
(f) the transport of a GMO or GMO product, including transport in transit through Namibia; and
(g) the use or handling in any other way of a GMO or GMO product.
Document details
Document text
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
National Commission on Research, Science and Technology
Hamutenya Wanehepo Ndadi Street
Olympia, Windhoek
Phone:+264 431 7000
Fax:+264 229 928
Url:National Commission on Research, Science and Technology
Additional Information
Additional Information
Summary of regulatory system [information submitted to the Secretariat on 12 July 2000]:
Namibia's national biosafety framework prepared with the assistance of the UNEP/GEF biosafety pilot project includes the following:

= Country study of the status quo of biotechnology and biosafety activities, institutional structures and capacity, safety protocols, legislation and operational guidelines;
= Technical guidelines for the safe use in laboratory contained uses, field trials, filed releases and commercial use of biotechnology and risk assessment procedures and risk management principles;
= A Cabinet-approved national policy, "Enabling the safe use of biotechnology in Namibia";
= Draft legislation has been technical reviewed and is currently in the formal legal drafting process.